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Department of Mathematical Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

MA50177: Scientific computing

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: MA50177 Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To teach an understanding and appreciation of issues arising in the computational solution of challenging scientific and engineering problems.

Learning Outcomes:
Students should be able to write code to solve efficiently a range of scientific problems. They should be able to analyse algorithm complexity and efficiency. They should be familiar with scientific libraries and parallel programming. They will be expected to have deep knowledge of at least one challenging application.

Efficient solution of real-world problems using scientific computing (T, A); parallel programming (T, A).

Units, complexity, analysis of algorithms, benchmarks. Floating point arithmetic. Programming in Fortran90. Makefiles. Data structures, full and sparse matrices. BLAS and LAPACK libraries. Visualisation. Parallel Computation: principles, message passing model, MPI, parallel data structures, scheduling on clusters, performance indicators.
Other libraries/software on the web: NAG Library, Netlib, GAMS, ScaLAPACK, ARPACK, PETSc, hypre. Linking with other languages such as C, C++. Case studies illustrating the lectures will be chosen from the topics: numerical PDEs (iterative methods, multigrid, preconditioning), adaptive refinement, quadrature, eigenvalue problems (nuclear reactor criticality computations, power method, subspace iteration, AUTO), nonlinear equations and bifurcation (nonlinear thermal conduction, Newton-type methods), optimisation, networks and graphs (graph drawing, clustering, Google's pagerank algorithm).
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

MA50177 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • TSMA-AFM08 : MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics (Full-time)
  • TSMA-AFL02 : PG Dip Modern Applications of Mathematics (Full-time)

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