A Case Study of Teaching Parallel and Distributed Computing Topics on a Computer Cluster

A Case Study of Teaching Parallel and Distributed Computing Topics on a Computer Cluster

Hong Lin (Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Houston (Downtown), Houston, TX, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/jcit.2014040105

Abstract

This paper presents the establishment of cluster computing lab at a minority serving institution that aims to provide computing resources to support undergraduate computer science curriculum. The computing resources of the cluster are managed by a job distribution environment that allows the users to upload, compile, and run their jobs. The job distribution software distributes the submitted jobs to the computing nodes of the cluster. The authors will present a case study of using this platform to teach parallel and distributed computing topics in the operating system course. The evaluation of the teaching effectiveness is presented thereafter.
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Setting The Stage

The cluster has four segments, each having sixteen slave nodes and a master node. A master server node connects all the clusters together to form a bigger cluster or a grid. The portal on the server allows remote access to the computing resources. The portal is accessible from the webpage at http://grid.uhd.edu.

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