Vijay K. Garg Summer 2015
EE w382V: Multicore Computing

Instructor: Prof. Vijay K. Garg ; Office: ACE 5.436
Phone: (512) 471-9424 ; email:; Office Hours: Thursday 11:00 - 12:00; or by appointment

TA: Wei-Lun Hung; Office: ACE 5.432
Phone: (512) 660-3468 ; email: ; Office Hours: T Th 10:30-11:30 (via google hangout:

Unique Number for wEE 382V : 77073
Class Meeting Days: June 13 (8am - 5pm), June 19 - 20 (8am - 12pm), June 26 - 27 (8am - 12pm), July 10 - 11 (8am - 12pm), August 7 - 8 (8am - 12pm)
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. Following topics will be covered in the course: Grading: 25 % Assignments, 15 % Exam 1 (in class), 15 % Exam 2 (in class), 5 % Class Presentation, 20 % Term paper, 20 % Exam 3 (in class)

Course Material: Textbook : Concurrent and Distributed Computing in Java by Vijay K. Garg, Wiley & Sons, 2004.
The book will be supplemented with notes provided by the instructor.
Additional Reference Book: The Art of Multiprocessor Programming, by Herlihy and Shavit, Morgan-Kaufmann Elsevier 2012, (corrected-edition).

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.

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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