Dec 13, 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 28, 2017
Great course. Introduces Parallel Programming in Java in a gentle way.\n\nKudos to Professor Vivek Sarkar for simplifying complex concepts and presenting them in an elegant manner.
by Cong X•
Oct 16, 2017
Overall informative but way too easy on the projects...
by Mehmet A B•
Jan 28, 2018
Instructor is awesome. However instead of sharing ready libraries for parallelism (like forall loop) in section 3, native codes should be used for forall loops etc.
by Mitrofanov P•
Nov 12, 2017
Tasks are too simple. All the information isn't covered in depth, so consider this course as a sort of introduction to the theory of parallel programming as well as many important Java language features. It gives you a basic idea and points you to the right direction in case you're interested in this complex topic.
by Thatiana F d O•
Sep 05, 2017
A great course, but I think it would be even better if only the structures from Java 8 were used, and not the functons build by the Rice University.
by Prasanth R•
Feb 10, 2018
The homework was too simple, could use better examples.
by Krishna K•
Jun 19, 2018
Excellent Course.I always wanted a good course on java concurrency and parallel programming.And finish->async, isolated, forAsync constructs are awesome.I have learnt much from this course.
by Sarvasva R•
Aug 30, 2017
Introduction to theoretical concepts was good, but not very deep. The exercises didn't really contribute much to my understanding of the course material in general.
by Saifuddin M•
Oct 15, 2017
I liked the course. It introduced some of the concepts in parallel programming very well. I would suggest if it focuses more on Java implementations from the java.util.concurrent package like Countdown Latches and Cyclic Barriers it would be more helpful.
by Vishal V•
Mar 10, 2018
Great Learning and understanding the parallelism concepts in java
by Xiao X•
Jan 25, 2018
-1 star due to the too-easy homework.
I wish the homework can be harder and more challenging.
by erdem o•
Dec 10, 2017
It was a useful course, but last two homeworks were exactly same as professor explained in demo implementations. I would expect them to take a bit more time and having a variety of easy/difficult tasks in each homework.
by Андрей С•
Oct 28, 2017
This course is a good introduction to parallel programming,
but i noticed a number of shortcomings.
Some themes are not reflected in mini-projects:
- memoization in week 1;
- data flow and pipeline parallelism.
The mini-project for week 3 is too easy.
Some questions in the quiz in week 4 does not match the contents of the course.
by Artur G•
Aug 04, 2017
This course is quite a shot one. The lectures are condense and programming assignments are purely academic. However I still would suggest to take it if one wants to learn about high level abstraction upon parallel computing in Java.
by Benjamin G J•
Aug 06, 2018
The exercises are just a little short and I'd like to see, maybe, twice as many quizzes with a better connection to lecture notes, but the lectures are very enlightening, the subject matter is very interesting, and the exercises, though excessively sparse, are helpful.
by Akshat A•
Sep 06, 2018
Great material, well arranged course flow, willing teacher, and nice project snippets. More coding samples and projects could have been included.
by Vitalii D•
Apr 19, 2019
Thank you for this course! Really interesting, but lacks the real world examples and has little number of tasks to complete.
by Elias R•
Jul 28, 2019
Very good and comprehensive video lectures! Sometimes the auto-grader results from Coursera fluctuate from one submission to the other, but overall it was a really interesting course.
by Ping G•
Sep 21, 2019
great course, learn a lot!
by Divam K•
Oct 12, 2019
by Kaj S•
Sep 06, 2017
The videos were very well done. The exercises were a bit too easy in my opinion. But the exercises did focus on the issue at hand, unlike some other courses that get you stuck on complicated but unrelated issues used only as an example problem.
by Atsuya K•
Feb 06, 2018
Provides background material for the course on concurrency in the same specialization. Assignments are trivial.
by Samuele M•
Apr 12, 2018
Course is interesting, but lacks in contents: just few patterns are explained, and few concepts about parallelism, and there are very little details about further algorithms. Assignments, projects in particular, are quite useless or incredibly easy, or need usage or knowledge of libraries not explained/used in course, and included in "optional readings". Lessons are really clear (bravo! to the Professor), but quite short, since whole course doesn't reach 2 hours of lesson. I definitively think that course can be improved with more contents.
by Rahul M•
Nov 22, 2017
good coverage of basics.. would have been great if there were few more coding practice papers.
by Dhiresh A J•
Dec 30, 2017
Lectures were adequate to understand the basic concepts/syntax and where and how to use them, but did not go deep into the underlying working.
The mini projects weren't that helpful since the assignments were the same examples as shown in the lecture, and the TODOs were generally just a couple of lines, leaving us with with little to do.
By the end of the course, I got to know the different Java util classes to use to for parallelism.
by Gary S•
May 30, 2018
Although much of the content was informative and well taught, half of the programming assignments were either rudimentary or completely unnecessary since the answer was given in the provided file. On the whole, this course was just too short and too easy.