With every smartphone and computer now boasting multiple processors, the use of functional ideas to facilitate parallel programming is becoming increasingly widespread. In this course, you'll learn the fundamentals of parallel programming, from task parallelism to data parallelism. In particular, you'll see how many familiar ideas from functional programming map perfectly to to the data parallel paradigm. We'll start the nuts and bolts how to effectively parallelize familiar collections operations, and we'll build up to parallel collections, a production-ready data parallel collections library available in the Scala standard library. Throughout, we'll apply these concepts through several hands-on examples that analyze real-world data, such as popular algorithms like k-means clustering.
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Approx. 16 hours to complete
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Approx. 16 hours to complete
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
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TOP REVIEWS FROM PARALLEL PROGRAMMING
The course was really good. Got to learn so much about parallel programming with that course. The explanation level is very basic and any Computer Science related person can easily grasp the concepts
Very good. Only things I wish were better is more comments in some assignments and more prepared tests. Also I miss not having "Statement of Accomplishment" like some other Scala courses :-(.
The course is fairly advanced and you would need to review the materials many times to understand the concept. The assignments are definitely fun and not as straightforward as other courses.
Its a very good course! perhaps the in the practice code, before jumping into the problems they can provide a couple of simple examples/questions such that the main ideas are learnt.
Superb study material. Learnt a lot during this course. I am not much into mathematical stuff, but got a hang of how to break problems and improve efficiency through parallelism.
Very challenging course, the assignments are more about practising using parallel programming, would be better to design an assignment to implement the parallel programming.
excellent course, a good way to showcase how scala is well suited to patallel programming.\n\nThe course itself is very practical and the instructors are very knowledgeable
Very good course overall on the basics of parallel programming in scala. Would have been nice to talk a bit more on the low level setup (parallel and task construct code).
Truly great course. The assignments are designed very well. The instructor and videos were excellent. I only wish there had been more student participation in the forum.
Really good course covering some of the fundamentals of parallel programming, though for me I was hoping it would go into some of the Scala specifics a little more
Assignments are focused on problem-solving rather than the importance of parallelism, missing the point of the lecture. It is a Scala course, so it is always fun!
Good course but scala understanding is required for this course. So please register for prior course in the certification task to easily complete this course.
A worthwhile course. I enjoyed the lectures a lot. Really good grounding on principles which can be applied in other languages/platforms in addition to Scala.
Good explanations, relevant assignments.\n\nBut too small, too little graded assignments as for subject. Be better if the assignments has less starter code.
Very deep. I learned a lot of useful techniques.\n\nBut I know it will take me many years before I can say I have mastered subject touched in this course.
I learned a lot about parallel processing algorithms, way more than I expected. Even after spending over 10 years programming parallel data processing.
Week 2 assignment was very interesting, thanks. Week 4 assignment was extremely hard to debug. Could you perhaps add more unit tests to BarnesHutSite?
I can be further improved if the class can touch on design patterns using Future and Actor, in addition to the data structure oriented materials.
A very good course, the theories are explained well in the lectures and the assignments cover the learned information without being too difficult
Very good introductory theoretical foundation for parallell algorithms, and background for\n\nthe Big Data Analysis with Scala and Spark course.
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