Multicore Processors: Architecture & Programming
Prof. Mohamed Zahran   (aka Prof. Z)
mzahran AT cs DOT nyu DOT edu
Tuesdays 7:10-9:00 pm  Location: WWH 317
Office Hours: Tuesdays 4:00-6:00pm (WWH 320)


Welcome students! ... to the Multicore Processors: Architecture & Programming course, edition Fall 2014.  I will keep updating this page regularly. If you have questions related to that course feel free to email me at mzahran (at) . Here is some basic information:

Mailing List

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You can do so by clicking here. Please follow the mailing list etiquette. 
  • Use the Reply command to contribute to the current thread, but NOT to start another topic.
  • If quoting a previous message,  try to trim off irrelevant parts.
  • Use a descriptive Subject: field when starting a new topic.
  • Do not use one message to ask two unrelated questions.
  • Do NOT make the mistake of sending your completed project assignment to the mailing list!

  • Lectures

    Date Lecture Readings Comments
    1. 9/2 Multicore/Manycore Revolution   
    • Section 1.2 from #1 
    • the whole #2
    2 .9/9 Parallelism and Concurrency 
    • Sections 2.2 and 2.3 in #1
    • Section 2 from #3
    • Section 1.2 from #4
    3. 9/16 Know Your Hardware
    • Chp 1 from #5
    • Chp 2 from #6
    • hw1 due
    4. 9/23 Gentle Introduction to Parallel Programming
    • 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 from #1
    5. 9/30 Threads ... Pthreads
    • hw2 assigned
    • lab 1 assigned
    5. 10/7 Threads ... Pthreads  (cont'd)
    • hw2 due
    6. 10/21 OpenMP
    • lab 1 due
    • lab 2 assigned
    7. 10/28 Other Programming Models
    • Sections 3-6 from #3
    8. 11/4 Performance Evaluation
    • #9
    • Section 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4 from #10
    • #11
    • #16
    • hw3 assigned
    9. 11/11 Heterogeneous Multicore
    • #12
    • #13
    • hw3 due
    • lab 3 assigned
    10. 11/18 Transactional Memory
    • #14 Sections 1.3, beginning of chp 2 till end of 2.1
    • #15
    • #17
    • proj. design report due
    12. 11/25 Looking Ahead
    • lab 3 due
    13. 12/2 Project Presentations
    • proj final report due
    14. 12/9 Project Presentations

    Reading Material

    Below you will find the reading material we will use in this course.
    Next to each lecture, above, you will find the reading assignment. 
    It indicates a number, corresponding to the list below, and section(s) to read from that material.
    If no section numbers  are indicated, it means you need to read the whole thing.
    1. Parallel Programming for Multicore and Cluster Systems (You must be logged into NYU network)
    2. Herb Sutter, The Free Lunch Is Over: A Fundamental Turn Toward Concurrency in Software, Dr. Dobb's Journal, 30(3), March 2005.
    3. How to survive the multicore software revolution?
    4. Chip Multiprocessor Architecture: Techniques to Improve Throughput and Latency   (You must be logged into NYU network)
    5. The Memory System: You Can't Avoid It, You Can't Ignore It, You Can't Fake It   (You must be logged into NYU network)
    6. A Primer on Memory Consistency and Cache Coherence   (You must be logged into NYU network)
    7. The Problem With Threads
    8. A Runtime Implementation of OpenMP Tasks (You must be logged into NYU network)
    9. IPC considered harmful for multiprocessor workloads
    10. Computer Architecture Performance Evaluation Methods (You must be logged into NYU network)
    11. Effective Performance Measurement and Analysis of  Multithreaded Applications
    12. Single-ISA Heterogeneous Multi-Core Architectures for Multithreaded Workload Performance
    13. The Impact of Performance Asymmetry in Emerging Multicore Architectures
    14. Transactional Memory (You must be logged into NYU network)
    15. Unlocking Concurrency
    16. Performance-Aware Multicore Programming  (You must be logged into NYU network)
    17. The Common Case Transactional Memory Behavior of Multithreaded Programs


    Homeworks Assignments 


    1. Project description report - 5% - Due Oct 7th  (in hardcopy)
    2. Literature survey report - 10% -  Due Oct 28th (in hardcopy)
    3. Design and experimental setup report - 10% -  Due Nov 18th (in hardcopy)
    4. Final report - 15% - Due Dec 2nd (in softcopy)
    5. Presentation - 10% - Dec 2nd and 9th
    Presentation Schedule

    Dec 2nd
    Dec 9th

    Interesting Links (Geeky Stuff)

    If you have an interesting link, please email it to the instructor and it will find its way to this page (with an acknowledgment to you of course!).

    Future Chips (targeting both software and hardware folks interested in parallel programming)

    Designing and Building Parallel Programs

    Multicore info

    The trouble with multicore

    Computer Architecture

    Introduction to parallel computing

    The Landscape of Parallel Computing

    Designing and Building Parallel Programs