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Parallelism Primer

Slides, notes and video lecture for our "Parallelism Primer" course. This describes the various methods and strategies for parallelism (running on more than one processor), their strengths and weaknesses and a bit about how they are used. We assume basic programming knowledge and some examples use specific languages - most of them should be understandable without specific knowledge. After this course, you will know about the options for running code on multiple processors and know about the challenges of doing it in practice.


Part 1 - Introduction and Analogies (No update needed for Dec 2021)

Part 2 - Parallel Programming Concepts (Updated for Dec 2021)

Part 3 - Technologies and Strategies (Updated for Dec 2021)

Video Lecture

Recording of the latest workshop delivery (14/12/21) is available here

An alternate recording from March 2020 is also available in case of issues 


Lecture notesLink opens in a new window covering the material on the slides. If you require larger fonts or colour modifications, please do email rse{@} and we'll try to assist.

Example Code

Github repo of examples