In this course, you will learn how to implement some widely-used algorithms as fast and scalable programs on modern hardware, and how to evaluate your implementation using appropriate test cases and performance experiments.
This course introduces the students to some classical examples of widely used algorithms and uses these to show how to implement an algorithm in a correct and scalable way in the context of a particular application.
The focus of the course is the implementation, its correctness, the experimental analysis, and the connection to the performance models.
Examples of well understood computational tasks that can be considered in depth are:
- shortest path for cars on road networks
- sorting: why different variants of quicksort differ in performance, how to sort strings
- cache oblivious search trees as file system or database index
- dense matrix matrix multiply
- sparse matrix dense vector multiply, page rank, map reduce
- locality sensitive hashing
- k-means clustering
- minimum spanning tree
- edit distance
- approximate neighborhood
- distinct elements
- job scheduling
The course introduces the different algorithmic tasks, the algorithms, the testing methodology and the performance models. The exercises focus on implementation, testing and interpretation of the measurements
Formal prerequisitesBefore the course, the student should be able to:
- Perform basic analysis of algorithm correctness and complexity, using invariants and big-O notation.
- Use basic algorithms and data structures when programming (e.g., lists, queues, stacks, search trees, hashing, sorting algorithms, and basic graph algorithms).
Intended learning outcomes
After the course, the student should be able to:
- implement a (randomized, parallel) algorithm from a given high-level description (such as pseudo-code). In particular, this includes judging which data structures, libraries, frameworks, programming languages, and hardware platforms are appropriate for the computational task, and using them effectively in the implementation.
- experimentally evaluate the correctness of an implementation by creating and using adequate test cases.
- design, perform, and run a performance and scalability experiment. In particular, this includes creating and using adequate families of synthesized or real-world test cases, measuring the computational resource requirements of a particular implementation, and judging if the experimental results conform to a theoretical performance model.
Teaching consists of a mix of lectures and exercises.
Mandatory activitiesThe course has 2 mandatory assignments. You can work in groups of size 3.
The student will receive the grade NA (not approved) at the ordinary exam, if the mandatory activities are not approved and the student will use an exam attempt.
The course literature is published in the course page in LearnIT.
Ordinary examExam type:
D: Submission of written work with following oral, external (7-trinsskala)
D2G: Submission of written work for groups with following oral exam supplemented by the work submitted. The group has a shared responsibility for the content of the report.
Mixed 2 Exam:
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Hand-in: Implementation and experimental evaluation of a self-developed algorithm, or an algorithm as described in one or several research papers.
Duration of oral exam: 20 minutes per student
Group size: 1-5