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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 Douglas H

Aug 14, 2017

Great course for learning parallel programming with Java!

By Michał P

Aug 5, 2017

Great course, clear explanations and very good examples.

By Deeptanshu M

Jan 4, 2019

Excellent lecture videos. Excellent written summaries.

By Ashwani g

Jul 26, 2020

tough course but due to teacher i complete my course

By Rahul K R

Jul 20, 2018

We need more exercises and more small size exercises

By Harsh K

Dec 15, 2021

Good for intermediate level, with knowledge of OS.

By Глеб Ю Н

May 30, 2021

Best professor in hawaiian short I have ever seen


Oct 17, 2019

Good course to learn parallel programming in java

By Ronald J M R

Jul 24, 2020

Excellent Course and teacher. Goods explanations

By Rajesh M

Jul 11, 2020

Excellent intro to Parallel programming in Java.

By Hongda H

Aug 18, 2020

Thank Prof. Sarkar! This course is really good.

By ZA D 9

Jan 18, 2022

This is really helpful for me. Thanks so much

By Prakash

Dec 22, 2018

Awesome course work on parallel programming

By Abinash S

Jan 24, 2018

Precise but comprehensive at the same time

By Hritish K

Apr 4, 2020

Awesome course, I've learnt a lot from it

By Abhinav M

Apr 7, 2020

Well paced, really informative course.

By Diya N

Jun 6, 2020

It was a great course. helped a lot.

By Enrique M

Jun 4, 2020

Great course and instructor! Thanks

By Vasif E

Nov 11, 2020

Thanks for Support

Vasif Eminov


By Saptarshi D

Nov 4, 2020

Wonderful course. Very helpful.

By Leo V

Apr 9, 2021

Great Course to learn Parallel

By Leonardo S

Aug 17, 2018

Very enjoyable and educational

By Jason K

Jan 23, 2022

where's the unenrol button?

By Milad T

Aug 18, 2020

Awesome, Thank you so much

By Gajula T L S V M

Jun 5, 2020

very well developed course