Faculty of Information Technology, BUT

Course details

Programming Seminar

IPS Acad. year 2019/2020 Winter semester 2 credits

Dynamic memory allocation, pointer and reference data type. Activation record and recursion. Compilation, binary program invocation. Implementation of state automata. Implementation of algorithms for regular expressions. Program synchronization. Principles of threads and processes. Selected synchronization issues. Introduction to message passing interface. Problematics of page faults and related performance effects.


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Time span

20 hrs exercises, 6 hrs projects

Assessment points

80 half-term test, 10 exercises, 10 projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

  • The student is able to explain the problems of program execution, she/he can explain dynamic memory allocation.
  • Student can use state automata in program control.
  • Student manages the application of regular expressions.
  • Student manages implementation of parallel programs.
  • The student is able to identify a decrease in program performance due to memory accesses.

Learning objectives

The goal of the course is to provide a different point of view to key principles of programming and operating systems. In particular, with respect to the abstraction of algorithms and formal automata and models, to reach the connection of theoretic and practical knowledge of a given topic.

Why is the course taught

The goal of the course is to complement knowledge of students with the topics of software programming which have not been thoroughly described in other programming courses. The problems are mostly demonstrated using practical examples and exercises.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Programming in C language. Fundamentals of algorithmization. Basic synchronization primitives. Computer architecture.

Study literature

  • A. Kumar, A. K. Verma. A Novel Algorithm for the Conversion of Parallel Regular Expressions to Non-deterministic Finite Automata. 2014. doi:

Fundamental literature

  • Kernighan and Ritchie. The C Programming Language, 2nd edition. Chapter A. Storage Allocator for C maloc and free. 1989.
  • Maged M. Michael. Scalable lock-free dynamic memory allocation. In Proc. of PLDI'04. doi: 10.1145/996841.996848
  • Ulrich Drepper. What Every Programmer Should Know About Memory, 2007.

Syllabus of lectures

  1. Pointers, dynamic memory allocation.
  2. Stack frames, recursion.
  3. Compilation and debugging of programs.
  4. (computer laboratory)
  5. (computer laboratory)
  6. Finite automata, POSIX regular expressions.
  7. Synchronization of processes.
  8. Deadlock.
  9. (computer laboratory)
  10. (computer laboratory)
  11. Page tables.
  12. Demand paging and cache in relation to performance.
  13. Accreditation exam.

Progress assessment

  • Evaluation of the two home assignments solved in pairs of students (max 20 points)
  • Evaluation of an accreditation exam (max 80 points)

Exam prerequisites

The minimal total score of 50 points gained during a semester.


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Course inclusion in study plans

  • Programme BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
  • Programme IT-BC-3, field BIT, 2nd year of study, Elective
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