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High Performance Computer Architectures (3 credits)

High performance computer architectures achieve an increase in performance with increasing system resources. System resources are scaled by the number of processors used, the memory capacity, the access latency tolerated, the I/O bandwidth required, the performance level desired, etc. Scalable architectures delivering a sustained performance are desirable in both sequential and parallel computers. Parallel architecture has a higher potential to deliver scalable performance. The scalability varies with different architecture/algorithm combinations. Both hardware and software issues need to be studied in building scalable computer systems. The issues are examined in the light of both research and commercial parallel systems.



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