Vijay K. Garg Fall 2014
EE 382V/EE 379K: Multicore Computing
TTh 3:30 - 5:00, CPE 2.212

Instructor: Prof. Vijay K. Garg ; Office: ACE 5.436
Phone: 471-9424 ; email:; Office Hours: T Th 11:30-12:30 ; or by appointment

Class Meeting Time and Room Number: TTh 3:30 - 5:00, CPE 2.212

Unique Number for EE 379K : 17315
Unique Number for EE 382V : 17435

Prerequisites for EE 379K: Upper-division standing.
Prerequisites for EE 382V : Graduate standing.

Course Contents: There has been a radical shift in computers in recent years. Almost all computers are now multicore. Since the speed of individual sequential processor is not increasing, the only way to improve performance for applications is to harness the multiple cores. In this course we will look at the challenges and techniques in programming these systems. The course will expose students to theoretical as well as practical aspects of designing multicore software systems. It assumes that the student has undergraduate level knowledge of programming, data structures, operating systems, computer architecture, and algorithms. There will be five assignments, three of which will require programming. Following topics will be covered in the course: Grading: 35 % Assignments, 20 % Exam 1 (in class), 25 % Term project, 20 % Exam 2 (in class)
There is no final exam in this course. Instead, students are required to do a term project. Students in EE 382V have to submit a term paper based on their project and give a class presentation. Students in EE 379K would be required to give a demo of their project to the instructor.

Course Material: papers from various conferences and journals. Some of the material would be based on the book, The Art of Multiprocessor Programming, by Herlihy and Shavit, Morgan-Kaufmann Elsevier 2012.

Slides from 2009 edition

Slides for 2012 edition (preferable)

Course Website: We will use Canvas System available at

Add/Drop Policy: Adds and drops for graduate students taking graduate courses are not approved after the twelvth class day except for good cause. Applications for approval to drop a course after the twelveth class day should be made in the Graduate ECE Office in ENS 101.

Honor Code: The core values of the University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity, and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness, and respect toward peers and community.

Pending Absence: By UT Austin policy, you must notify me of your pending absence at least fourteen days prior to the date of observance of a religious holy day. If you must miss a class, an examination, a work assignment, or a project in order to observe a religious holy day, you will be given an opportunity to complete the missed work within a reasonable time after the absence.

Students with Disabilities: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4241 TDD or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disbailities at 471-4382.

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