Dec 13, 2017
This is a great course in parallel programming. The videos were very clear, summaries reinforced the video material and the programming projects and quizzes were challenging but not overwhelming.
Aug 28, 2017
Great course. Introduces Parallel Programming in Java in a gentle way.\n\nKudos to Professor Vivek Sarkar for simplifying complex concepts and presenting them in an elegant manner.
par Sarvasva R•
Aug 30, 2017
Introduction to theoretical concepts was good, but not very deep. The exercises didn't really contribute much to my understanding of the course material in general.
par Saifuddin M•
Oct 15, 2017
I liked the course. It introduced some of the concepts in parallel programming very well. I would suggest if it focuses more on Java implementations from the java.util.concurrent package like Countdown Latches and Cyclic Barriers it would be more helpful.
par Vishal V•
Mar 10, 2018
Great Learning and understanding the parallelism concepts in java
par Xiao X•
Jan 25, 2018
-1 star due to the too-easy homework.
I wish the homework can be harder and more challenging.
par erdem o•
Dec 10, 2017
It was a useful course, but last two homeworks were exactly same as professor explained in demo implementations. I would expect them to take a bit more time and having a variety of easy/difficult tasks in each homework.
par Андрей С•
Oct 28, 2017
This course is a good introduction to parallel programming,
but i noticed a number of shortcomings.
Some themes are not reflected in mini-projects:
- memoization in week 1;
- data flow and pipeline parallelism.
The mini-project for week 3 is too easy.
Some questions in the quiz in week 4 does not match the contents of the course.
par Artur G•
Aug 04, 2017
This course is quite a shot one. The lectures are condense and programming assignments are purely academic. However I still would suggest to take it if one wants to learn about high level abstraction upon parallel computing in Java.
par Benjamin G J•
Aug 06, 2018
The exercises are just a little short and I'd like to see, maybe, twice as many quizzes with a better connection to lecture notes, but the lectures are very enlightening, the subject matter is very interesting, and the exercises, though excessively sparse, are helpful.
par Akshat A•
Sep 06, 2018
Great material, well arranged course flow, willing teacher, and nice project snippets. More coding samples and projects could have been included.
par Vitalii D•
Apr 19, 2019
Thank you for this course! Really interesting, but lacks the real world examples and has little number of tasks to complete.
par Elias R•
Jul 28, 2019
Very good and comprehensive video lectures! Sometimes the auto-grader results from Coursera fluctuate from one submission to the other, but overall it was a really interesting course.
par Kaj S•
Sep 06, 2017
The videos were very well done. The exercises were a bit too easy in my opinion. But the exercises did focus on the issue at hand, unlike some other courses that get you stuck on complicated but unrelated issues used only as an example problem.
par Atsuya K•
Feb 06, 2018
Provides background material for the course on concurrency in the same specialization. Assignments are trivial.
par Samuele M•
Apr 12, 2018
Course is interesting, but lacks in contents: just few patterns are explained, and few concepts about parallelism, and there are very little details about further algorithms. Assignments, projects in particular, are quite useless or incredibly easy, or need usage or knowledge of libraries not explained/used in course, and included in "optional readings". Lessons are really clear (bravo! to the Professor), but quite short, since whole course doesn't reach 2 hours of lesson. I definitively think that course can be improved with more contents.
par Rahul M•
Nov 22, 2017
good coverage of basics.. would have been great if there were few more coding practice papers.
par Dhiresh A J•
Dec 30, 2017
Lectures were adequate to understand the basic concepts/syntax and where and how to use them, but did not go deep into the underlying working.
The mini projects weren't that helpful since the assignments were the same examples as shown in the lecture, and the TODOs were generally just a couple of lines, leaving us with with little to do.
By the end of the course, I got to know the different Java util classes to use to for parallelism.
par Gary S•
May 30, 2018
Although much of the content was informative and well taught, half of the programming assignments were either rudimentary or completely unnecessary since the answer was given in the provided file. On the whole, this course was just too short and too easy.
par MIAO K•
Aug 30, 2017
Good overview, but less details
par Vincent M•
Mar 10, 2018
Subject is very interesting. However course is sometimes unclear, and assignments sometimes are related with the specific library developed by the professor, not with the generic Java implementations. However I'm happy to have completed this course, i've learned a lot.
par Francisco R R•
Sep 06, 2017
I would prefer see examples based on standard Java code, not in a library developed for some small group.
par Hieu D•
Apr 09, 2018
Heavy theory but poor practical. Need more enhancement for the next time.
par Mohamed E•
Sep 17, 2018
Focusing more on theoretical parts
par WANG W•
Mar 20, 2019
I spent 6 days on this course, and I feel it is not worth the time. One of the problems is that the lectures are overly basic, and the mini projects are not challenging, at least not in a helpful way (quizzes are sometimes challenging due to some concepts not covered in the lectures at all). I guess the instructor did not really spent much time preparing the materials and assignments.
par Oleksandr V•
Mar 15, 2019
I enrolled in this specific course (not in the whole specialization). Later It turned out that you are not allowed to submit code if you have an unpaid subscription. Fine, I decided to pay for it. After all, someone invested his time in creating the course. Then, for some reason, I have got a subscription for the whole program, not a single course. I did not realize that and got charged the second time after the first month past. But okay, probably I did not understand the whole procedure around it.
The amount of information is very small. For 42 Euro you get few lectures and few quite basic exercises.
In most of the tasks you need o write only a couple of lines of code. The evaluation is not reliable. You can do your task right way, but it will not pass test from the first time and you are not sure if your are doing something wrong or what is the reason of the failure. Then you just resubmit the same code and after second, third or fourth time it suddenly works.
I can understand that in concurrent environment sometimes it is hard to achieve stable performance.
All together this leads to a bad experience. It is not the quality I've got used to when watching other courses here. Not worth its money. It is better to buy a book or the same amount.
par Wen L•
Oct 25, 2017
Please make the homework better.