Apr 24, 2018
The course is fairly advanced and you would need to review the materials many times to understand the concept. The assignments are definitely fun and not as straightforward as other courses.
Aug 25, 2017
Superb study material. Learnt a lot during this course. I am not much into mathematical stuff, but got a hang of how to break problems and improve efficiency through parallelism.
von Alexey K•
Jan 31, 2019
It would be great to add some popular frameworks and some basics of reactive programming
von Yiran W•
Jul 19, 2018
just one point to improve: some lib in Scala are not be told to install and use
von dh l•
Dec 07, 2016
von Luciano P d S P•
Sep 12, 2016
The course was well covered and very informative. As someone with zero experience in parallelism, I felt I could've absorbed a lot more if the topics were not completely new to me.
As mentioned in other reviews, the last assignment, Barnes Hut Simulation, was very time consuming and I found myself spending more time trying to understand the problem rather than implementing it. That was very challenging for someone with low academic background.
von Daniel D•
Dec 29, 2016
Very well delivered course, more examples are needed though.
von Yihan S•
May 17, 2017
The assignment could be optimized and avoid to be more academic since it may make student lost focus and spend too much time on the question itself rather than the parallel programming
von Benoit P D•
Dec 20, 2016
Very good course overall on the basics of parallel programming in scala. Would have been nice to talk a bit more on the low level setup (parallel and task construct code).
Jun 09, 2017
Overall the course was really good. I think the first 2 courses explained things a little bit better though.
von Konstantin K•
Oct 28, 2016
good overall, but sometimes overly complicated
von Stefano P•
Nov 21, 2016
Some problems with downloads and to view videos on the mobile app (Android), with some videos recorded with a low volume.
Despite that interesting and I think would need more time to get deeper in the concepts showed.
von Enrique G R•
Aug 19, 2017
Time to complete exercises might not be completely assessed. Some lectures seem to technical without any correspondence with real problems.
von Hristo I•
Nov 01, 2016
The course is pretty hard, even for someone like me, who has been working in parallel computing for years. The reason is the structure of the course and the presentation of the material. The topics are somewhat chaotic and in many cases it is hard to tell whether a certain operator comes from the Scala standard library or is just an abstraction.
All in all, finishing the course is a rewarding experience. But beware, there is a significant gap between the foundation courses taught by Martin Odersky and this one.
von Steven T•
Sep 26, 2016
Presentations were presented well and the assignments were interestingly varied but quite challenging for the newbie.
von Ilya D•
Jun 22, 2016
Assignments weren't challenging.
von Solodovnikov G•
Sep 17, 2016
Good explanations, relevant assignments.
But too small, too little graded assignments as for subject. Be better if the assignments has less starter code.
von Franklin P•
Oct 12, 2016
This course had a lot of depth to it, both in the lectures and the programming assignments. The last assignment seemed needlessly complex with not enough focus on the parallel programming aspect. I wish there had been more of a focus on how to actually write the parallel and task constructs which were instead given already implemented without much explanation.
von Igor R d S•
Oct 24, 2016
Not as good as the first two courses from the specialization, but still good
von Marc K•
Apr 10, 2018
The homework assignments are a bit hard, they require a lot of concentration time to make some progress.
von Romanna K•
Jan 01, 2017
Would be good to introduce more about Scala native solutions like Futures, parallel data structures and best ways of using them on practice, cases and best practices how to work with shared data, avoid deadlocks, how to work best when you have to process large data or when you have massive calculations.
von Oleksandr I•
May 21, 2017
Excellent course. Gives deep enough understanding of parallel programming. Used knowledge immediately to optimize my huge in-mem data structure to reach 50 ms (instead of 300 ms) response time. I'd suggest the following to improve: 1. I'd make "pass" score no less then 90 or even 95%. With 80 only it is possible to PASS having key mistake (e.g. on week4 I haven't created a new combiner, using old one, in combine() operation, and I still got 80 - PASSED) 2. tests in grader are hard to reproduce on local machine: it is not that obvious what's wrong, where to focus.
von Erkin U•
Oct 07, 2016
Assignments are focused on problem-solving rather than the importance of parallelism, missing the point of the lecture. It is a Scala course, so it is always fun!
von Valters V•
Sep 25, 2016
I feel the concepts which are necessary to use in programming assignments are not discussed in the lectures enough. As result figuring out what the assignment steps are all about takes too much time. Some tasks are absolutely trivial, and others are simply too difficult.
von Mike D•
Aug 21, 2016
The course achieves its objectives, but the assignments require too much effort for solving general problems, and relatively little for parallelism-related tasks. In other words, understanding what the problem is takes far more time than solving it. The Lego-assisted teaching is a definite plus though!
von Youwei Z•
Sep 13, 2016
good in general, theory part on complexity is too tedious
von Pascal A•
Sep 23, 2016
Really a great course but with a heavy work for the duration. If others courses are followed in parallel, there's no time to loose