6.827 is a course in the department's "Computer Systems and Architecture" concentration. It offers virtually all of its materials online, including lecture notes
and problem sets
. The main textbook for the course, Implicit Parallel Programming in pH
, was co-written by Professor Arvind (see http://www.mkp.com/
for more information).
The topics covered in this course include:
- Languages and compilers to exploit multithreaded parallelism
- Implicit parallel programming using functional languages and their extensions
- Higher-order functions, non-strictness, and polymorphism
- Explicit parallel programming and nondeterminism
- The lambda calculus and its variants
- Term rewriting and operational semantics
- Compiling multithreaded code for symmetric multiprocessors and clusters
- Static analysis and compiler optimizations
This course is worth 4 Engineering Design Points.