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High Performance Computing, an open textbook



Term: 2009
Published: January 11, 2010
Revised: November 5, 2012

The purpose of this book is to teach new programmers and scientists about the basics of High Performance Computing. Too many parallel and high performance computing books focus on the architecture, theory and computer science surrounding HPC. This book speaks to the practicing chemistry student, physicist, or biologist who need to write and run their programs as part of their research.
High Performance Computing, originally published by O’Reilly–but out of print since 2003, has been republished on Connexions. Book author Charles Severance, with his editor Mike Loukides, worked with O’Reilly to release the book under a CC-BY license, then coordinated with the Connexions staff to republish it. 
Author: Charles Severance
Structure: Open Textbook
This book is available through University of Michigan Library's Print-On-Demand Service with Espresso Book Machine. This service is only available for individuals within the Ann Arbor area.

About The Instructor

Charles Severance

Charles is currently a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Charles also works with the IMS Global Learning Consortium as the IMS Affiliate Coordinator. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project.
Charles is the author of the book, "Using Google App Engine" from O'Reilly and Associates. He also wrote the O'Reilly book on High Performance Computing. Charles has a background in standards including serving as the vice-chair for the IEEE Posix P1003 standards effort and edited the Standards Column in IEEE Computer Magazine from 1995-1999.
Charles is active in television and radio as a hobby, he has co-hosted several television shows including "Nothin but Net" produced by MediaOne and a nationally televised program about the Internet called "Internet:TCI". Charles appeared for over 10 years as an expert on Internet and Technology as a co-host of a live call-in radio program on the local Public Radio affiliate (
Chuck's hobbies include off-road motorcycle riding, karaoke and playing hockey.  more...

  • Ph.D. Computer Science, Michigan State University
  • M.S. Computer Science, Michigan State University
  • B.S. Computer Science, Michigan State University
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