date_range Débute le 28 août 2017
event_note Se termine le 2 octobre 2017
list 5 séquences
assignment Niveau : Introductif
label Informatique & Programmation
chat_bubble_outline Langue : Anglais
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Les infos clés

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timer 15 heures de cours

En résumé

Discover how supercomputers work and the real-life scientific breakthroughs made possible by today’s computer simulations. 

Today’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world – computer simulation.

Using supercomputers, we can now conduct virtual experiments that are impossible in the real world – from looking deep inside individual atoms, to studying the future climate of the earth and following the evolution of the entire universe from the big bang.

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Le programme

What topics will you cover?

  • Supercomputers: introducing supercomputing terminology and some of the largest machines in the world
  • Parallel computers: how they are built from hundreds of thousands of CPUs, each similar to those in a desktop PC
  • Parallel computing: using parallel processing to harness the power of all of those CPUs for a single calculation
  • Computer simulation: how we can perform virtual experiments to make real-life predictions
  • Case studies: how supercomputing is making scientific breakthroughs that were never possible before

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe how the performance of modern supercomputers is measured and achieved
  • Explain why they are built from thousands of simple processors
  • Compare the architectures of shared-memory and distributed-memory computers
  • Describe the shared-variables and message-passing programming models
  • Summarise why computer simulation is a fundamental component of modern scientific discovery
  • Investigate simple problems and look for opportunities for parallel processing
  • Discuss the limitations of parallel computing
  • Identify examples of scientific areas where computer simulation is used

Les intervenants

David Henty
I have been working with supercomputers for over 25 years, and teaching people how to use them for almost as long. I joined EPCC after doing research in computational theoretical physics.


Le concepteur

Delivering excellence in teaching and learning. Consistently ranked as one of the world's top 50 universities and top 3 UK provider of online Masters courses. The University of Edinburgh offers over 700 diverse degree programmes with over 31,000 students currently studying with us from across the world.

La plateforme

FutureLearn est une plate-forme d'apprentissage proposant des formations en ligne ouvertes à tous (MOOC)

Fondée en Décembre 2012, la société est entièrement détenue par l'Open University à Milton Keynes, en Angleterre.

Elle est la 1ère plateforme offrant des MOOC au Royaume-Uni, avec à son actif plus d'une cinquantaine d'universités partenaires provenant du Royaume Uni mais aussi du reste du monde.

FutureLearn se différencie également par des partenariats avec des entités non-universitaires comme le British Museum, le British Council, la British Library et la national Film and Television School.

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