eduWRENCH - Pedagogic Modules Parallel and Distributed Computing Courseware

Wrench Pedagogic Modules


Topics in parallel and distributed computing, and introduction to the cyberinfrastructure, with a focus on performance.

Goal

The goal is to achieve learning learning objectives in parallel and distributed computing, with a focus on performance, and to introduce cyberinfrastructure concepts and methods. This is achieved via pedagogic modules that explore, at first elementary and later sophisticated, relevant concepts. Most modules include hands-on "activities" in which students explore and experiment with simulated application executions using the WRENCH and SimGrid simulation frameworks. These modules can be used to enhance/augment existing courses, such as university or on-line courses, or can simply be done in sequence by independent learners.

What this is not about

Teaching computer programming skills is not part of the goal (to date, no computer programming is required). The content makes reference to programming techniques, and sometimes suggests programming activities. This is because many of the learning objectives target concepts that are fundamental for developing (efficient) programs that execute or parallel and distributed platforms. As a result, these modules can be used effectively to complement a course that includes computer programming components.

About WRENCH and SimGrid

WRENCH is a framework for simulating the execution of parallel and distributed applications on cyberinfrastructures. It builds on the lower-level SimGrid simulation framework, which provides the necessary accurate and scalable simulation abstractions.

Modules

B. Cyberinfrastructure Concepts

C. Cyberinfrastructure Services