Students interested in researching parallel and distributed systems have the opportunity to work on many diverse projects including, new parallel languages, weather modeling, load balancing, simulation and many others. For some of the project topics see Professor Gita Alaghband's list of sample projects. She has co-authored numerous research articles with her students.
Professor Alaghband has been involved in the design of the Force parallel programming language for scientific high-performance applications, one of the first such languages. She and her team have ported the language to more than 12 multiprocessors. Her work on temporal characterization of parallel program performance was funded by an NSF Research Initiation Award, and her work on sparse matrices resulted in a new methodology for parallel solution of large sparse linear systems of equations on shared memory multiprocessors.
The textbook Fundamentals of Parallel Processing, published by Prentice Hall, is the result of Professor Alaghband's research and teaching experience.