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CS 553 — Parallel Functional Programming
(dt. Parallele funktionale Programmierung)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, compulsory elective module
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
Examination type: Oral or written examination
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Computer Science.
One semester,
Regelmäßig alle 3 bis 4 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Rita Loogen


Basic Terms and Classification of Parallel Haskell Extensions

Characteristics and properties of functional languages, Haskell core

strictness analysis

Controlled parallelism: combinators par/pseq, evaluation strategies, threaded RTS

Process control languages: Eden, Par-Monad - Algorithmic Skeletons

Explicit Parallelism: Haskell_MPI

Data parallelism/parallel array programming: Repa

Concurrency: Concurrent Haskell

Distributed programming in Haskell: Cloud Haskell

Qualification Goals

  • Learning different methods to analyse, treat and express parallelism in functional languages,
  • Writing and analysing parallel functional programs in different languages or language extensions,
  • Analysing underlying implementation techniques,
  • Practicing scientific working methods (recognition, formulation, solving problems, training of abstraction skills),
  • Training oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion


None. The competences taught in the following module are recommended: Declarative Programming.


Module imported from M.Sc. Computer Science.

It can be attended at FB12 in study program(s)

  • B.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Data Science
  • M.Sc. Computer Science
  • M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Sc. Business Mathematics
  • LAaG Computer Science

When studying B.Sc. Computer Science, this module can be attended in the study area Compulsory Elective Modules in Computer Science.

The module is assigned to Theoretical Computer Science. Further information on eligibility can be found in the description of the study area.

Recommended Reading

  • Kevin Hammond, Greg Michaelson: Research Directions in Parallel Functional Programming, Springer Verlag 1999.

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