High Performance Computing and the Art of Parallel Programming: An Introduction for Geographers, Social Scientists and Engineers, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

High Performance Computing and the Art of Parallel Programming

An Introduction for Geographers, Social Scientists and Engineers, 1st Edition

By Stan Openshaw, Ian Turton

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304 pages

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Description

This book provides a non-technical introduction to High Performance Computing applications together with advice about how beginners can start to write parallel programs. The authors show what HPC can offer geographers and social scientists and how it can be used in GIS. They provide examples of where it has already been used and suggestions for other areas of application in geography and the social sciences. Case studies drawn from geography explain the key principles and help to understand the logic and thought processes that lie behind the parallel programming.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. High Performance Computing: why bother with it?

Chapter 2. High Performance Computing applications in Geography and GIS

Chapter 3. Parallel and High Performance Computing: Concepts, Principles and Theory

Chapter 4. Types of Parallel Processing Hardware and Programming Paradigms

Chapter 5. Programming Vector Supercomputers

Chapter 6. Shared Loop and Data Parallel Programming

Chapter 7. Parallel Programming using Simple Message Passing

Chapter 8. Parallelising the Geographical Analysis Machine using MPI

Chapter 9. Optimising performance and debugging hints

Chapter 10. Putting it all together

Chapter 11. Epiglogue for Geographical and Social Scientists

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCI030000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography