• Offered by Research School of Computer Science
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Computer Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

There are no plans to run this course in the next couple of years. Do not plan on taking this course as a part of the Computer Engineering Major.

This course is a practical introduction to large-scale multicore computing. It covers the principles and practices of contemporary and emerging multicore computers, with an emphasis on their impact upon software engineering practice. It also has an emphasis on the state-of-the-art of research which is driving the rapid evolution of these systems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Recognize the issues involved in the design of hardware and programming languages for multicore systems, and employ algorithms and data structures for applications that are efficient on large-scale systems.
  • Employ at least two programming languages used on multicore systems and evaluate their program's reliability and scalability.
  • Specify the research issues driving multicore technology, and be able to assimilate and understand the impact of current literature.

Indicative Assessment

Assignments 50%, Final Exam 50%.

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There will be one two-hour lecture per week (20 lectures in total), 8 two-hour tutorial / laboratory sessions.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed COMP2300 and COMP2310 and 12 units of 3000 level COMP courses. Incompatible with COMP8320

Prescribed Texts

Recommended reading includes:

Professional Multicore Programming: Design and Implementation for C++ Developers, Cameron Hughes and Tracey Hughes, Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-28962-4, 2008.

Multicore Application Programming, Daryl Gove, ISBN0-321-71137-8, Addison Wesley, 2011.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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