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Parallelism has become an essential component of mainstream computer systems, pervasive across all scales, from system-on-chip to cloud computing.

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We have a four year PhD programme combining advanced coursework and independent PhD-level research.

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Check out some examples of the wide-ranging research in pervasive parallelism currently being performed by Centre faculty.

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Our team of over 45 academic staff carry out exciting research in all areas of pervasive parallelism.

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Parallelism has become an essential component of mainstream computer systems, pervasive across all scales, from system-on-chip to cloud computing. Its arrival poses deep research questions for all aspects of Computer Science, theoretical and practical, pure and applied:
  • How should we design parallel programming languages and compilers?
  • How should we design and implement parallel architectures and communication networks?
  • What theories do we need to prove properties of such systems, or to model and reason about their performance?
  • How can concurrent and distributed systems be made secure?
  • How can we trade performance for energy in context sensitive ways?
  • How can we make algorithms and applications robust against the failures inevitable in exascale systems?

In the Centre for Doctoral Training in Pervasive Parallelism we seek to develop the research leaders of the future across these areas. Our core principle is that the most important research insights will be achieved by those who have deep knowledge and awareness across the parallelism spectrum. Our programme is designed to develop these characteristics in our student cohort.


School of Informatics Postgraduate Open Day, Friday 21st November 2014, from 12:20pm.
If you’re interested in applying for the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism, the University of Edinburgh’s Postgraduate Open Day is a good opportunity to learn more about it. As part of the day, the School of Informatics is holding an afternoon of lunch, talks and tours for anyone interested in postgraduate study. You’ll be able to find out about the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism, as well as the other CDT, MSc and PhD programmes offered by the School of Informatics.

For more information and to book a place, please visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/open-day/on-campus-open-day/intro

The School of Informatics PG Open Day programme is available here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/open-day/on-campus-open-day/informatics


This website is primarily intended for prospective students, industry partners, and anyone who wants to find out more about the CDT in Pervasive Parallelism. More details about the specifics of the programme can be found on the School of Informatics’ internal web pages, which are aimed at current students. Please note that some of these pages require School of Informatics or University of Edinburgh login details.
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