Apr 24, 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 25, 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.
by Kinshuk V•
Dec 16, 2017
Although the course is taught well and covers a lot of ground, it is my opinion that the course content is not relevant to what I and majority of other Scala developers were looking for in terms of parallel programming. The instructor has been upfront in differentiating parallel programming (the objective of this course) from concurrency programming. However, I was more interested in learning about concurrency, especially about Akka actors, etc. I wish there was a course of Akka, which is what most Scala developers use for concurrent applications.
by Oliinyk V•
Apr 02, 2018
General idea of the course is very good. There are a few things to improve though:
Focus more on intuition behind algorithms rather than formal math
Build a solid foundation that would allow students to develop parallel algorithms themselves.
Practical assignments should focus exactly on this, rather than filling in missing pieces of code that are only tangentially related to the algorithm itself.
It would be helpful if the course provided minimal but solid basics and intuition behind parallel computations. The basics that would allow students to learn more advanced concepts themselves.
In any case, the course has a lot of value and the instructors are awesome.
by Marcin Z•
Apr 16, 2019
First 3 weeks were cool, but the last week was somehow rushed and the assignment did not involve any parallel programming.
by Ilya B•
Jan 20, 2019
The tasks are not well designed for online education
by Leitner C S E S•
Nov 21, 2017
Some of the practical examples are a bit tedious, because the bigger issues you sometimes need to solve seem to be implementing a random algorithm, instead of implementing its parallelization per se. That is, the support classes for parallelizing the algorithms are pre-coded for you, while you at times spend more time figuring out how the algorithm itself needs to be implemented with that rather than coming up with these parallelization semaphores (which I would have considered more interesting, at least). But the content covered is highly relevant and first class (the authors being world-leading experts on the topic), so if you are interested in parallel programming, this is course is a great choice.
by Šejla Č•
Mar 08, 2019
Plus: Very in-depth lectures, challenging assignments. Minus: The actual parallel code somewhat remains a black-box, assignments sometimes focus more on figuring out the algorithm logic which may not have anything to do with the course. Still I enjoyed it and learned a great deal.
by VICTOR A•
Aug 11, 2018
All but the last assignment are interesting. A fair amount of the lectures are also good, even though some of them are too theoretical - the bad lectures are the ones that focus too much into proving mathematical properties, but thankfully there is just a few of those.
The last assignment is considerably larger than the other ones and requires a physics background (or interest to do research on your own). I think they could improve it by approaching the material independently with smaller exercises before applying them again into the larger application that is built as part of the assignment today.
by Denys L•
Dec 10, 2018
Nice and complicated
by Massimiliano D•
Nov 09, 2018
This course analyse the parallel programming from both practical and theoretical point of view. It gives the instruments both to understand the Scala library in its completeness and expressiveness in parallel computing, and the theoretical knowledge to understand what's "under the hood", to allow the student to understand whether the parallelism could be effective or not.
I greatly suggest this course to anyone interested in parallel computing.
by Christoph K•
Nov 27, 2018
Very interesting material, especially the prefix sum algorithms about, how to transform a sequential problem into a parallel problem.
by Joshua S•
Nov 15, 2018
Like the other courses in this series, the lectures and exercises are excellent. Coming from a communications background, this course presented me with an opportunity to build on what I already knew but also offered new and interesting insights related to algorithm performance tuning. The course has a nice mix of theory and serviceable information. If you've never done any type of high-performance computing, this is a nice gentle introduction into the subject. The instructions took a lot of time to build fun and interesting exercises that are meticulously constructed.
by Paulo R d O C•
Sep 13, 2018
Hard course, but gives good insights about the challenges and solutions for parallel programming.
by Srdjan K•
Oct 25, 2016
Pro: A very good course for those who are already experienced in Scala
Con: Only 4 weeks long :)
by Roman M•
Jun 23, 2016
I've got something new for myself. So I am happy :)
by Stanislav T•
Jun 26, 2018
The topic is well explained in the videos and the assignments are challenging and fun. I really enjoyed how they (the assignments) are usually put in a context, e.g. they are part of some project and you can see some outcome.
by Rudolf S•
Sep 29, 2016
hard, weird but awesome
by Benji T•
Jun 13, 2016
The content of the course is great, will review this course again as i think i left out some concepts.
by Jose R•
Sep 28, 2016
It's hard enought to test your skills in Scala parallel programming, results pay off.
by Roberto S•
Jun 23, 2017
Quite advanced for someone with little background in parallel processing. The learning curve is not too steep, though, and the concepts sink in at a steady pace. The assignments are quite interesting as well; they manage to keep them enough real-life to make them interesting while simplifying them enough so learning the concept is not obscured by too much clutter.
by Patrick M•
Feb 13, 2017
Quite interesting but sometimes I would have spent some minutes more to explain some core concept.
by Jong H S•
Aug 19, 2017
This course is a gem. The instructors' knowledge is of the highest quality, the contents are of the highest quality and the programming assignments are of the highest quality. All in all, this course is of Rolex quality.
by Wiktor D•
Sep 23, 2016
Very good introduction to the topic. Examples and programming exercises were very good, although last assignment was visibly less polished than earlier ones.
by Hessam S M•
Feb 08, 2018
This is not a normal parallel programming about some API codes. In this course details of parallel algorithms and the mathematical part of it is covered like what kind of operation can be used in map reduce. All in all I enjoyed this course very much and learned a great deal from it. I strongly recommend this to everyone who wants to learn the details of parallel programming beyond scala or any other programming language.
by Tony H•
Oct 04, 2017
Very deep. I learned a lot of useful techniques.
But I know it will take me many years before I can say I have mastered subject touched in this course.
by Krishna A•
Jun 12, 2017
A very good course which teaches the techniques of Parallel Programming. Anyone wishing to upgrade their knowledge about Parallel Programming, should take this course. The principles are applicable universally, so you can take back the learnings and apply them in your work!