Problem Set 0
For this assignment you will explore a problem of your choice in high
performance computing. You should submit your writeup by emailing me
a pointer to a webpage by 2:45PM on Monday, September 4.
Keep in mind that this assignment is extremely open-ended. The
primary goals are to let you look around at some of the topics in high
performance computing, and to have you tell me what kinds of things
you find interesting.
Overview As discussed in the first class, high performance
computing covers a very broad range of topics. For this assignment
you should first find and explore a
topic/research-area/application/etc (T/R/A/E) that you find
interesting and that you feel falls into the general area of "high
performance computing". Note that you should choose something at an
appropriate level of detail for preparing a short writeup on a
webpage. For example, doing this assignment with "parallel languages"
or "new architectures" as the topic would be a bit much; something
like "parallel functional languages" (as in NESL, not as in usable) or
"design of the Cell architecture", would be more reasonable.
You should then prepare a web page that:
Make sure to provide context: What is the motivation for studying the
problem (ie, who cares)? Who is/was working on it (industry, government
lab, academia, ...)? When? Provide references where appropriate.
The following are some links that might be useful in finding a topic
and/or references. Please don't feel constrained by what's listed