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Multicore Systems

Multicore Systems
Course Number
0433 L 333
Module Duration
One Semester
Credits Points
(according to ECTS)
4 SWS / 6 ETCS
1 and 6
Code Designation
mca@aes.tu-berlin.de [1]
Language of instruction 
ISIS [2]


Lupe [3]

  • Understand the technology evolution to multicore.
  • Become familiar with different types of multicore systems such as cache coherent, shared memory architectures, distributed message-passing architectures, and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
  • Understand how different multicore systems are programmed.
  • Be able to select the most suitable multicore system for an application domain.
  • Be able to read and understand recent research papers on multicore architectures.


    Lupe [4]
    • Parallel programming models
    • Symmetric multicores
    • Snoopy cache coherence
    • Scalable multicores
    • Directory protocols
    • Synchronization
    • Memory consistency
    • Transactional memory
    • GPUs
    • ...


    Slides and further information can be found on ISIS [5].


    The tutorial is a mixture of assignments and lab hours.

    The assignments should consolidate the topic from the lecture.

    During the lab the students will implement some of the cache coherence protocols that they will learn in the lecture using SystemC, and they will also do some basic GPU programming using CUDA. Basic knowledge of C and C++ is required. The lab assignments will be graded.

    Module Examination and Grading Procedures

    The exam consists of several achievements (Portfolioprüfung): The practical work contributes with 50% and the final test with 50%.

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