Concurrent Algorithms and Data Structures, 5 credits

Academic year 2023/2024

  • Autumn 2023, 33%, Campus

    Start date: 31 October 2023

    End date: 14 January 2024

    Application deadline: 17 April 2023

    Application code: UU-11038 Application

    Language of instruction: English

    Location: Uppsala

    Selection: Higher education credits in science and engineering (maximum 240 credits)

    Registration: 17 October 2023 – 7 November 2023

Entry requirements: 120 credits with 60 credits in computer science, including participation in Introduction to Parallel Programming. Functional programming is recommended. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.


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Application fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 12,083

Tuition fee, total: SEK 12,083

About the course

Most computer applications operate nowadays on concurrent platforms, e.g., multicore architectures, distributed databases, and geographically distributed servers. This means that all the algorithms and data structures that have over the years been designed for sequential programs must be extended to the concurrent setting. In this course, we study how this is done in the case of basic data structures such as sets, stacks, and queues. We will also study algorithms that manipulate such data structures as insertion, deletion, and membership checking. Furthermore, we will reason about the correctness and efficiency of these algorithms.

Concrete topics: concurrent programs, concurrent data structures, sets, stacks, queues, sequential consistency, linearisability, coarse-grained synchronisation, fine-grained synchronisation, optimistic algorithms, lazy algorithms, lock-free algorithms, the ABA problem, atomic operations.

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