PD_ParallelArchitecture TCPP_Architecture

Oklahoma Supercomputing Center for Educaton and Research (OSCER)

“Supercomputing in Plain English” - “Distributed Multiprocessing”, Slide 26.

CS2013 Knowledge Unit Coverage

Parallel Architecture (Elective)

8. Describe the key performance challenges in different memory and distributed system topologies. [Familiarity]

TCPP Topics Coverage

Architecture Topics


Many younger students may struggle with this analogy. The age of cell phones and “unlimited” plans have hidden the notion of “long distance” costs and connection costs from students. In order to use this analogy, it is recommended that instructors first explain how phone calls used to be made.


Unknown. (Neeman2006) describes the different analogies. There is no assessment provided in (Neeman2006) or (Neeman2008).