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About the Course

This course teaches learners (industry professionals and students) the fundamental concepts of parallel programming in the context of Java 8. Parallel programming enables developers to use multicore computers to make their applications run faster by using multiple processors at the same time. By the end of this course, you will learn how to use popular parallel Java frameworks (such as ForkJoin, Stream, and Phaser) to write parallel programs for a wide range of multicore platforms including servers, desktops, or mobile devices, while also learning about their theoretical foundations including computation graphs, ideal parallelism, parallel speedup, Amdahl's Law, data races, and determinism. Why take this course? • All computers are multicore computers, so it is important for you to learn how to extend your knowledge of sequential Java programming to multicore parallelism. • Java 7 and Java 8 have introduced new frameworks for parallelism (ForkJoin, Stream) that have significantly changed the paradigms for parallel programming since the early days of Java. • Each of the four modules in the course includes an assigned mini-project that will provide you with the necessary hands-on experience to use the concepts learned in the course on your own, after the course ends. • During the course, you will have online access to the instructor and the mentors to get individualized answers to your questions posted on forums. The desired learning outcomes of this course are as follows: • Theory of parallelism: computation graphs, work, span, ideal parallelism, parallel speedup, Amdahl's Law, data races, and determinism • Task parallelism using Java’s ForkJoin framework • Functional parallelism using Java’s Future and Stream frameworks • Loop-level parallelism with extensions for barriers and iteration grouping (chunking) • Dataflow parallelism using the Phaser framework and data-driven tasks Mastery of these concepts will enable you to immediately apply them in the context of multicore Java programs, and will also provide the foundation for mastering other parallel programming systems that you may encounter in the future (e.g., C++11, OpenMP, .Net Task Parallel Library)....

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Dec 12, 2017

This is a great course in parallel programming. The videos were very clear, summaries reinforced the video material and the programming projects and quizzes were challenging but not overwhelming.


Aug 27, 2017

Great course. Introduces Parallel Programming in Java in a gentle way.

Kudos to Professor Vivek Sarkar for simplifying complex concepts and presenting them in an elegant manner.

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By Howard

Sep 3, 2021

Overall, the course is very well structured and it covered a lot of useful information.

By Marcos P

Nov 11, 2019

I liked very much the material support. I found fascinating the framework PCD. Congrats

By Fábio P

Jun 29, 2020

Its a great course. Thks for all the knowledge passed in a clear and objective way.

By Kumar G

May 9, 2018

It's a very good course on learning the parallel programming in Java. Enjoyed it :)

By Sidronio L

Jan 29, 2018

Thanks for the opportunity to learn and change my vision for construct algorithms.


Jan 6, 2021

Great course with good explanation of concepts as well as the way to code them!

By Lei Y

Apr 29, 2018

simple but useful topics, practical code examples, and new features of java 8.

By Endless E

Jul 23, 2018

A little easy, I don't think I spent more than 5 hours on the whole thing lol

By Mr. J

Jan 11, 2018

Nicely done. Good pace. Good granularity. Appropriate level of coverage.

By Fanon J

Sep 5, 2022

Thanks very much, now I have a better understanding of parallelism in Java

By Robinson S

Apr 1, 2019

The course is very good, teaching in simple way several complex questions.

By Meysam A

Aug 26, 2023

Great Course! I learned a lot of new concepts thanks to professor Sarkar!

By Lucas B

Sep 12, 2017

This is a very good general introduction to the parallel APIs with Java

By Tsung T C

Jul 13, 2019

Clear instruction and concepts provided with this 4-weeks-long course.

By Arun K

Nov 3, 2018

The fundamental core concepts are lucidly setforth by the teacher.

By Jungwoo L

Apr 25, 2020

This course is amazing to grasp the basics of parallel programming

By Mark F

Aug 20, 2018

Well organized and high quality videos. Nice job with this class!

By Ivan K

Dec 16, 2017

Fantastic course with perfect balance between theory and practice

By Jussi J

Aug 22, 2017

Very good introduction to modern parallel programming in Java 8.

By Dmytro N

Jan 29, 2019

Good course. Slightly basic, but explanation is clear and good.

By Tiago D S

Jan 28, 2021

Really nice content! Lots of things that I didn't know before.

By Luiz F L e S

Jul 5, 2020

Nice introductory course to the world of parallel programming.

By Mohamed W E O

May 13, 2022

Great Course, Professional Instructor. Thank you very Much.

By Bharathish D

Nov 1, 2020

A grate place to learn about parallel programming aspects.

By Farruh H

Oct 21, 2020

Very useful content regarding parallel programming in Java