Well, it has not come to this, but there is still quite a bit of heat in the discussion as to how academia should respond to the near universal move by CPU manufacturers to a manycore architecture. I think that the response must be that parallel programming is just the way computer and computational sciences are taught. Of course that is easier said than done.
The academic curricula move at a measured pace; it is not the academy's duty to revamp every time industry shifts. None-the-less, certain changes are so profound that they cannot be ignore. The fact that nearly the entirety of the CPU industry, and much of the software industry, is now speaks with one voice - parallelism is here to stay and must be comprehended at every level of the stack, indicates that we are facing just such a change.
I have had the pleasure these last few years to help found an organization, the Educational Alliance for a Parallel Future (EAPF),which ahas takenthe following as key goals:
- Concentrating the voices of industry, academia, research, and professional organizations to promote parallelism in Computer and Computational Sciences
- Establishing parallelism as a core competency in education and practice
- Taking practical steps to help make this vison a reality
The EAPF will be sponsoring a number of events at Supercomputing conference this year in which the question of how to move to include paralleism wil be discussed and debated and some of the first intiatives to enable the practical steps will be presented.
|Tuesday, Nov 16
12:15pm - 1:15pm
|Town Hall: Should We Create a Year-Round Group to Sponsor HPC Activities?||Auditorium|
Tuesday, Nov 16
5:30pm - 6:30pm
|Birds of a Feather: Training and Education-Preparing for Extreme Parallel Environments.
EAPF and ACM introduce some of the resources for to help bring parallelism into education, such as, ACM Parallelism Tech Pack, LittleFe portable HPC education workshops, and EAPF curriculum microgrants
Wed., Nov 17
10:30am - 11:15am
Panel and breakouts.
These alks, led by EAPF members, will revolve around the impact of manycore computing to computer and computational science education and practice. Topics cover what "new recruits" need to
|Tuesday Nov. 16 - Thursday Nov. 18||Intel® Software Network Television will be broadcasting live at SC10 with the SC Communities. Shows will feature technical talks, daily wrap-ups, and in-depth, interactive discussions with SC Community members and leaders. Tune in to participate live and announce your virtual presence at SC10.||
SC Communities Booth at SC10
Interested in finding out more, learning about particular programs or perhaps joining us? The best place to meet EAPF members will be at the events above. Another great way to meet EAPF members in person is to come by the SC Communities booth, just outside the main show floor adjacent to the registration stations.
Cannot make it in person to New Orleans this year?
EAPF members will be helping to host a continuous, interactive live ISNTV/EAPF broadcast, Tues, Nov 16-Thursday, Nov. 18, 10:00AM-5:00 PM. See our Academic Community at SC10 site for an updated schedule and how to tune in.
I look forward to seeing everyone at Supercomputing live or online!