High-Performance Computer Systems

Chalmers University of Technology

24 months
13565 EUR/year
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This programme offered by Chalmers University of Technology is for all students who would like to acquire in-depth knowledge, abilities, skills and methodologies in the area of Computer Engineering and in particular in the field of High-Performance Computer Systems.


Today and in future, high-performance computers will be ubiquitous in autonomous vehicles using machine learning, in data centers fueling telecom, and in IoT infrastructures to analyze huge volumes of data. The challenge is to design software and hardware for them to meet demanding power and energy constraints. Being able to develop and exploit such systems and bring them to the market will be the key for the success of future use of computing.

Programme aim

In order to drive the development of future's high-performance computer systems, whether for software or hardware development, it is necessary to have a holistic view. This view combines how algorithms specified in a high-level language can utilize given computational structures and how computational resources should be designed and managed to achieve the high demands on computational performance and energy utilization as required by the future digital society.

The main topic and fundamental idea behind the programme is how the needs of future industries in terms of high computational performance and energy efficiency can be met with systematic methods based on the latest research results in the field of computer systems engineering. The Master's Programme in High-Performance Computer Systems offered by Chalmers University of Technology aims to provide these cutting-edge skills.

Career opportunities

The programme has been designed to be relevant to a growing industrial and governmental ICT sector (e.g. computer game industry, database systems and, more relevant, all applications for machine learning such as autonomous vehicles). The programme gives a unique opportunity to combine academic training with engineering work experience, as well as entrepreneurship skills. As such a student is prepared to become:

  • Co-Founder, Chief Architect, and/or Product Owner for a product or startup company that brings a research idea into a product
  • Chief Technology Officer who takes responsibility for the company’s technological development plan and influences its competitiveness in the market
  • Systems Architect and Designer who builds HPC systems either as a new product or from available COTS
  • HPC Architect and Performance Engineer who builds HPC systems and evaluates the performance and tunes applications for such systems.
  • Systems Administrator who manages an HPC system as well as monitors and evaluates application performance
  • Project Manager responsible for driving specific projects by choosing technical directions and leading people
  • Software Engineer who develops hardware-aware optimized software for either Cloud Function as a Service (FaaS) software, libraries, or runtimes.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Architecture 
  • High-Performance Parallel Programming 
  • Technical Writing 
  • Parallel Computer Architecture 
  • Sustainable Computing
  • Computer Graphics
  • Real-time Systems
  • Strategic Management of Technological Innovation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The application period for Master’s programmes starting in autumn: 16 October – 15 January.




120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (or the equivalent) with a major in: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Automation and Mechatronics, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Software Engineering or related subjects.
  • Prerequisites: Mathematics (including Calculus (at least 7,5 credits) and Linear algebra (at least 7,5 credits)), Programming in a general-purpose language (e.g. C/C++/Java/Haskell or similar) (at least 7,5 credits); Introduction to Computer Engineering (at least 7,5 credits); and one of the following courses: Discrete mathematics and/or Mathematical statistics and/or Probability theory and/or Algorithms and/or Data structures (at least 7,5 credits)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13565 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13565 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

140 000 SEK/academic year.

*EU/EEA Citizens are not required to pay fees


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