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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Parallel programming by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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About the Course

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. Learning Outcomes. By the end of this course you will be able to: - reason about task and data parallel programs, - express common algorithms in a functional style and solve them in parallel, - competently microbenchmark parallel code, - write programs that effectively use parallel collections to achieve performance Recommended background: You should have at least one year programming experience. Proficiency with Java or C# is ideal, but experience with other languages such as C/C++, Python, Javascript or Ruby is also sufficient. You should have some familiarity using the command line. This course is intended to be taken after Functional Program Design in Scala:

Top reviews

Apr 23, 2018

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.

Aug 24, 2017

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.

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By Alexandr M

May 30, 2017

Problems of data structures for parallel computation are explained very well in this course.

By Qiao L

Jul 23, 2016

A very good hands-on course. It's the best parallel programming on line course so far I see.

By 李帅

Apr 29, 2019

Perfect! Learning Parallel Programming, I can learn more about Spark and Flink. Thanks

By Jose R

Sep 28, 2016

It's hard enought to test your skills in Scala parallel programming, results pay off.

By Dmitriy B

Aug 8, 2017

Excellent course with great combination of theory and practical Scala assignments!

By Konstantin S

Jul 7, 2016

I think it is a nice introduction course into the parallel programming. Thanks.

By yassine a

Nov 13, 2017

very good, but need to focus a little bit on how to create tasks and threads

By Sudipto C

Jun 30, 2020

More test cases in assignments would help in testing and verifying the code

By Jaeyeol S

Sep 13, 2016

Somewhat difficult course, but good to first learn parallel programming.

By joe

Jan 22, 2017

Class was great but the last week's homework was incredibly difficult!

By Hyun-joo K

Jun 26, 2016

Great introductory course for parallelism with Scala's elegant codes.

By Sviridenko K

Mar 26, 2019

Amazing practice assignments! It was very interesting to solve them.

By Marek D

Aug 2, 2016

Great course. I learned things that I didn't think were possible.

By Andronik

Jul 31, 2016

Programming assignments are somewhat challenging, but it's fun :)

By Eugene K

Feb 16, 2017

Good overall presentation of core algorithms and ideas

By Fernando

Jun 6, 2018

Great insight to the Parallel programming in Scala.

By Shiyan C

Mar 25, 2018

Wish we could have more assignments and test cases!

By Emiliyan T

Apr 9, 2017

excellent explanation of the logic behind the scene

By Roman M

Jun 23, 2016

I've got something new for myself. So I am happy :)

By hcy

Mar 14, 2017

very great lecture, but some homework is too easy.

By Mike D

Nov 3, 2016

great course on paralell programming introduction.

By Vikram K

Jun 29, 2016

Great material.... easy to understand examples...

By Artem B

May 23, 2019

Great course with very entertaining exercises!

By Marcelo f

Mar 17, 2018

Quite challenging, bot worth every effort.

By Somnath B

Aug 4, 2016

Crisp and to the point. Enjoyed thoroughly