autumn 2020
INF-3201 Parallel Programming - 10 ECTS

Last changed 22.10.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester and 1 October for the spring semester.

Type of course

The course can be taken as a singular master's-level course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements: Higher Education Entrance Requirement + Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or similar education. The Bachelor degree must contain a specialization in Computer Science worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits. Application code: 9371 - Singular courses at master's level

Course content

Parallel programming techniques are introduced. Models for parallel programming. Parallel machines and machine structures. Parallel programming languages, environments, libraries and toolboxes. Message passing and shared memory models of parallel computation. Data partitioning and load balancing techniques. Study of algorithm and program development of medium sized applications.

Recommended prerequisites

INF-2200 Computer architecture and organization, INF-2201 Operating system fundamentals, INF-2202 Concurrent and Data-Intensive Programming

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student has knowledge of

  • parallel programming concepts.
  • various approaches to typical issues of parallel performance.
  • parallel programming techniques.
  • parallel algorithms.
  • parallel architectures and their performance implications.

Skills - The student can

  • develop parallel applications.
  • utilize parallel programming languages, environments and toolboxes on different parallel platforms.

General competence - The student can

  • understand typical issues of parallel performance and techniques to deal with the issues.
  • understand pros and cons of different parallel programming techniques and parallel architectures.

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 30 hours, Colloquium: 30 hours, Laboratory: 30 hours. The course is given every autumn semester.


A 4 hour final written exam counting 100%. Approved assignments give access to the final written exam.

Grading scale: Letter grades A-E, F - Fail.

Course requirements: The coursework includes up to 4 written assignments graded "Approved" / "Not approved". Oral presentation of the assignments and demonstrations of a working system can in special cases be claimed by the course responsible.

Re-sit examination: It will not be given a re-sit exam in the teaching free semester for this course, unless a postponed exam already is arranged (conditional re-sit exam). To get access to the exam in the teaching free semester the student must have passed the course requirements.

Postponed examination: Given early in teaching free semester. It will be arranged a 4 hour written exam counting 100%. To get access to the exam in the teaching free semester the student must have passed the course requirements.

For further details see:

Utfyllende bestemmelser for eksamener ved Fakultet for naturvitenskap og teknologi (only in Norwegian) 

Regulations for examinations at the UiT


Course overlap

INF-3201 Parallel Programming 5 stp
D-340 Distributed computations theory and practice 2 stp

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  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: INF-3201