Multicore Processors: Architecture & Programming
Prof. Mohamed Zahran   (aka Prof. Z)
mzahran AT cs DOT nyu DOT edu
Wedndays 5:10-7:00 pm  Location: WWH 312
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm (WWH 320)


Welcome students! ... to the Multicore Processors: Architecture & Programming course, edition Spring 2018.  I will keep updating this page regularly. If you have questions related to that course feel free to email me at mzahran (at) cs (dot) . Here is some basic information:

Where to Find Stuff


Date Lecture Readings Comments
1. 1/24 Multicore/Manycore Revolution   
  • Section 1.2 from #1 
  • The whole of #2
2 .1/31 Parallelism and Concurrency 
  • Sections 2.2 and 2.3 in #1
  • Section 2 from #3
  • Section 1.2 from #4
  • hw1 assigned
3. 2/7 Know Your Hardware
  • Chp 1 from #5
  • Chp 2 from #6
4. 2/14 Know Your Hardware (cont'd)
5. 2/21 Gentle Introduction to Parallel Programming
  • 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3 from #1
  • hw2 assigned
  • projects assigned
6. 2/28 OpenMP
7. 3/7
    3/14 No class: Spring Recess
8. 3/21
9. 3/28
10. 4/4
11. 4/11
12. 4/18
13. 4/25
14. 5/2

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.
This list will grow as we proceed.
  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)


Homeworks Assignments 
Note: All homework assignments are equally weighted. Each assignment is due at 11:55pm on the due date on NYU classes.
You can submit up to 3 days late. However, there will be a (-1) assigned to each late day till (-3).

1. Coherence protocols comparison Chun Hao(Kevin) Yang
2. Comparing: OpenMP & OpenACC Shuyi Yu
Mi Fang
3. Parallel processing of data streams using MPIMunir Contractor
Elaina Tan
4. Comparing: OpenMP & OpenCL Xialiang Liu
Tian Zhao
5. Parallelize & study graph-analytics benchmarkAndres Davila
Jiin Nam
6. Parallel Computation Model Yuheng Xia
7. proximal policy optimization on multicore Ilya Kulikov
8. Cache replacement policies study for parallel programsDa Huo
Huri Ma
9. Parallelize Latent Dirichlet AllocationYunfei Lu
10. Parallelizing bloom filterYik Wai Ng
Dayou Du
11. Processing in MemorySalil Kapur
Aviral Khattar
12. Parallelize large matrix factorization using OpenMPArnav Kansal
Ojas Deshpande
13. Best core configuration for a parallel applicationXi Huang
Yulu Qian
14. Bottleneck Analysis of graph analytics benchmarksWeisen Zhao
Kailin Luo
Jiayun Yu
15. Cache replacement policy analysis for shared cacheSamidha Shirke
16. Parallelize & study graph-analytics benchmarkShaheer Haroon
Chris Moirano
17. Bottleneck analysis of web crawlerCheng, Zhengyue
18. Cache replacement policy for shared cache using NNRihan Yang
Yida Xu
19. Parallel Sat solverGuangyu Liu

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!).

Designing and Building Parallel Programs


Introduction to parallel computing