Courses & Units

Multicore Architecture and Programming KIT308



This unit exposes students to historical approaches to increased processor efficiency, such as pipelining and superscalar design, before concentrating on a key concept of modern computer architectures: multicores. Both CPU and GPU architectures will be explored in this context and likely future hardware trends will be discussed.

Students will learn the concepts and techniques for writing CPU multithreaded programs via the use of threading and synchronisation primitives as well as techniques for general-purpose GPU programming (GPGPU).

A major focus of this unit is real world optimisation. Students will be exposed to data-oriented design approaches, revisit the concepts of Big-O efficiency and OO, and will get practical experience at profiling code. Additionally, students will learn lower-level programming techniques such as single-instruction multiple-data (SIMD) instructions, branch removal, and loop unrolling.


Unit name Multicore Architecture and Programming
Unit code KIT308
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Information and Communication Technology
Discipline Information & Communication Technology
Coordinator Doctor Ian Lewis
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the concepts of high-performance computer architecture and the impact of concepts on expected performance
  • Analyse a problem to define the requirements to target high-performance computer architecture
  • Develop and evaluate techniques for the creation of efficient multicore CPU and GPU programs by applying high performance programming principles and technical skills
  • Evaluate the performance and identify strengths and weaknesses of potential solutions targeting high-performance architecture
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
029999 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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KIT205 OR KIT206 OR KIT207 OR KIT208


Teaching Pattern

Lectures: 2 - 4 hours / week
Practicals: 2 hours / week

AssessmentCPU Optimisation Programming Assignment (15%)|GPU Programming Assignment (15%)|In-Tutorial Assessment (15%)|Multicore CPU Programming Assignment (15%)|Examination (40%)
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