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High Performance Computing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124201583, 9780124202153

High Performance Computing

1st Edition

Modern Systems and Practices

Authors: Thomas Sterling Maciej Brodowicz Matthew Anderson
eBook ISBN: 9780124202153
Paperback ISBN: 9780124201583
Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
Published Date: 5th December 2017
Page Count: 718
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High Performance Computing: Modern Systems and Practices is a fully comprehensive and easily accessible treatment of high performance computing, covering fundamental concepts and essential knowledge while also providing key skills training. With this book, domain scientists will learn how to use supercomputers as a key tool in their quest for new knowledge. In addition, practicing engineers will discover how supercomputers can employ HPC systems and methods to the design and simulation of innovative products, and students will begin their careers with an understanding of possible directions for future research and development in HPC.

Those who maintain and administer commodity clusters will find this textbook provides essential coverage of not only what HPC systems do, but how they are used.

Key Features

  • Covers enabling technologies, system architectures and operating systems, parallel programming languages and algorithms, scientific visualization, correctness and performance debugging tools and methods, GPU accelerators and big data problems
  • Provides numerous examples that explore the basics of supercomputing, while also providing practical training in the real use of high-end computers
  • Helps users with informative and practical examples that build knowledge and skills through incremental steps
  • Features sidebars of background and context to present a live history and culture of this unique field
  • Includes online resources, such as recorded lectures from the authors’ HPC courses


Graduate or senior undergraduate students studying parallelism and high-performance computing; professionals and researchers looking to master high-performance computing

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. HPC Architecture
3. Commodity Clusters
4. Benchmarking
5. The Essential Moab
6. SMP
7. The Essential OpenMP
8. The Essential MPI
9. Parallel Algorithms
10. Libraries
11. Operating Systems
12. Scientific Visualization
13. Performance Monitoring
14. Debugging
15. Accelerators
16. Essential OpenACC
17. Mass Storage
18. File Systems
19. Map Reduce
20. Checkpointing
21. Beyond (Next Steps)

Appendices: Essential C
Linux User Interface


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About the Authors

Thomas Sterling

Thomas Sterling is Professor of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. He serves as the Executive Associate Director of the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) and as its Chief Scientist. He is most widely known for his pioneering work in commodity cluster computing as leader of the Beowulf Project for which he and colleagues were awarded the Gordon Bell Prize. Professor Sterling currently leads a team of researchers at IU to enable a new generation of extreme scale computing systems and applications. He is the co-author of six books and holds six patents. He has taught a graduate level course upon which this textbook will be heavily informed, five times.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Maciej Brodowicz

Maciej Brodowicz is Advanced Parallel Computing Engineer at the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) at Indiana University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University Bloomington, USA

Matthew Anderson

Matthew is Principal Software Research Engineer at the Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) at Indiana University.

Affiliations and Expertise

Indiana University Bloomington, USA

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