Integrating Parallelism Throughout the Undergraduate Computing Curriculum

Cordelia M. Brown, Deborah Bennett, and Vijay Pai
Purdue University
School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Department of Educational Studies

September 13, 2009
Raleigh, North Carolina.

The workshop will focus on integrating parallelism in both hardware and software throughout the undergraduate computing curriculum and the effect of industry trends on the undergraduate computing curriculum.  This workshop will also seek to present, discuss, and disseminate preliminary findings of data collected and analyzed as a part of a National Science Foundation sponsored CPATH grant awarded to Purdue University.  The grant seeks to support the development of a curriculum model of teaching parallelism in both hardware and software computing courses beginning at the first year.  The CPATH grant will support travel and registration for a limited number of participants for the workshop.

This workshop seeks to present and discuss educational issues related to integrating parallelism in the undergraduate computing curriculum.  This workshop will involve researchers from industry and universities discussing: (1) what aspects of parallelism are relevant to the undergraduate curriculum and (2) effective ways of integrating parallelism in he undergraduate computing curriculum.

The workshop will feature a keynote, talks, panels, and a moderated discussion on topics of parallelism in the undergraduate computing curriculum and the effect of industry trends on computing curriculum.  It is targeted toward computing educators.  The length of the workshop is a full day.


7:30 AM -- 1:30 PM
Feel free to attend another half-day workshop. Your registration for PACE is for the whole day, and so you may attend another workshop and get breakfast and lunch through the conference.
1:30 PM -- 2:30 PM
Keynote address by Yale Patt
Video Segment 1 (51:39)
Video Segment 2 (14:03)
2:30 PM -- 3:00 PM
Talk by Vijay Pai
3:00 PM -- 3:30 PM
Coffee break
3:30 PM -- 4:00 PM
Talk by Sid Chatterjee
4:00 PM -- 4:30 PM
Talk by Sandhya Dwarkadas
4:30 PM -- 5:30 PM
Panel discussion with academic and industrial experts, Q&A; session, and open discussion.

Call For Participation

The CPATH (CISE Pathways to Revitalize Undergraduate Computing Education) group at Purdue University is hosting a workshop during The Eighteenth International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques (PACT) conference.  This workshop will take place on September 13, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The CPATH group is seeking participants interested in the following topics:

The workshop will feature talks and panels.  If you are interested in presenting a talk or serving on a panel, please submit and abstract of no more than 500 words.  Abstracts should be submitted no later than July 15, 2009.  The abstract should be emailed with the subject heading "CPATH Workshop" to Dr. Cordelia M. Brown,

If you are interested in the topic, but you would not like to give a talk or serve on a panel, we invite you to send a statement about the reason you would like to attend.

Through sponsorship from the NSF's CPATH program, all invited participants will receive workshop registration, lodging, and limited travel support.