Welcome to Parallelism. Experts predict that much of the future growth
in our discipline will be in the areas of computational appliances and ubiquitous computing.
These new services will combine hardware and software components in an integrated network
environment. In essence, the future belongs to what are traditionally called embedded
systems where computer intelligence is an instrumental component of a non-computational device such
as an automobile or a telephone. A single appliance may contain severall collaborating
computational devices. Some propose literally painting walls with millions of communicating
processors. In this course you get virtual dirt under your finger nails by being introduced
to digital logic, PLA design, and exploring systems of communicating processors. By the end
of the course, you will have participated in a collaborative design project.