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Parallel and High Performance Computing

(ehem. "Parallel Computing: Grundlagen und Anwendungen")

Vorlesung mit Übung im Wintersemester 2019/20
Prof. Dr. D. Kranzlmüller, Dr. K. Fürlinger

This course will be held in English!

Welcome to the course webpage for Parallel and High Performance Computing for winter-term 2019/20 at LMU Munich. Here you will be able to find details on the lecture and the accompanying practical lab exercises.


  • The repeat exam (originally planned for April 30) will take place on Fr 21 Aug 2020 from 09:30 to 11:00 in Rooms B U101 and B 001, Oettingenstr. 67. Please register on Uni2Work!


Parallel computing is concerned with using multiple compute units to solve a problem faster or with higher accuracy. Historically, the main application area for parallel machines is found in engineering and scientific computing, where high performance computing (HPC) systems today employ tens- or even hundreds of thousand compute cores.

The application area for parallel computing has, however, expanded recently to essentially include all areas of information technology. Virtually all servers, desktop, and notebook systems, and even smartphones and tables are today equipped with CPUs that contain multiple compute cores. In each case, the potential for these systems can only be fully realized by explicit parallel programming. As such understanding the benefits, challenges, and limits of parallel computing is increasingly becoming a "must have" qualification for IT professionals.

This course addresses the increasing importance of parallel and high performance computing and is covering three interwoven areas: Parallel hardware architectures, parallel algorithm design, and parallel programming. The successful student will be able to identify potentials for parallel computing in various application areas, judge the suitability of contemporary hardware architectures for a parallel computing problem and understand efficient implementation strategies using modern parallel programming approaches.

The lecture is partially based on material that has been developed at UC Berkeley and which has been funded by the US National Science Foundation. The course slides will be made available for download by the date of the lecture and will be in English.


The course is intended for both bachelor and master students of computer science and related fields. More formally, in German: Die Vorlesung richtet sich an Studenten der Informatik bzw. Medieninformatik (Diplom) nach dem Vordiplom sowie an Studenten der Informatik, Bioinformatik bzw. Medieninformatik (Bachelor, Master) im Rahmen der vertiefenden Themen der Informatik. Für Vorlesung und Übung werden 6 ECTS-Punkte vergeben.

Important Dates

Please note that the dates and locations for lecture and lab exercises listed below are provisional and may change prior to the start of the course!
  • Lecture: Friday 14:15 - 16:45, Oettingenstr. 67, Room B U101. First lecture: Friday, October 18, 2019, starting at 14:00 in Room B U101
  • Lab exercise: Thursday 14:00 - 16:00, Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (B) - B 106. First lab: October 31, 2019, starting at 14:15 in Room Geschw.-Scholl-Pl. 1 (B) - B 106
  • Please keep an eye on News for any short-term changes and announcements.

Lab Exercises

The lecture is accompanied by a lab exercises to deepen the understanding of topics covered in the lecture. High performance computing systems hosted at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center will be made available to the students. Worksheets for the lab exercises will be made available on UniWorX.


Lecture slides will be made available chapter-by-chapter through this webpage.

Further Reading

Paul E. McKenney (Ed.): Is Parallel Programming Hard, And, If So, What Can You Do About It?(online) (link)
Ananth Grama et al.:Introduction to Parallel Computing (2nd Ed.) (link)
David Culler and Jaswinder Pal Singh: Parallel Computer Architecture, A Hardware / Software Approach (link)
John Hennessy and David Patterson: Computer Architecture a Quantitative Approach (5th Ed.) (link)
Georg Hager and Gerhard Wellein: Introduction to High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers (link)
Barbara Chapman et al.: Using OpenMP (link)
Ruud van der Pas, Eric Stotzer and Christian Terboven Using OpenMP - The next Step (link)
William Gropp, Ewing Lusk, Anthony Skjellum: Using MPI (link)
William Gropp, Torsten Hoefler, Ewing Lusk: Using Advanced MPI (link)


Please register for the course on Uni2Work.


Via email and/or after the lecture and lab exercises.