Preaching to the Choir's Brick Wall

If you're going to be at SC10 next week, you "get it."  You understand the importance of parallel programing, and if you're a university or college faculty, you are likely wanting to teach parallel programming as early as possible within your curriculum.  Unfortunately, if you're the only one in your department, you may have an uphill struggle convincing your colleagues about what direction computer programming is heading and making sure your graduates can compete in the job market of today and tomorrow.

You're not alone.

The Intel Academic Communityis there to help. Check out the renovated web pages for better navigation and access to all the resources. Besides the online presence, the IAC will be at the SC10 conference in New Orleans. If the above describes you and you're attending the convention, you should come to the Tuesday, 16 NOV, Birds of a Feather session, Preparing for Extreme Parallel Environments: Training and Education.  This BOF is co-hosted by the Educational Alliance for a Parallel Future (EAPF) and will be a forum to discover and share what resources are available for anyone that knows parallel programming needs to be included in their department's repertoire.

Also of interest will be Wednesday's panel discussion Preparing for Extreme Parallel Environments: Models for Parallelism. Leaders from industry and academics will be discussing what changes are going to need to be instituted to incorporate parallelism throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The breakout session immediately after the panel will give you the chance to interact with panelists and other attendees to find out how such changes were accomplished in other universities and what resources are available to make such transitions easier.

I've spent a few years in academics and I know how hard it is to change a single course, let alone an entire curriculum or degree program. I know, from personal experience, that the IAC and EAPF are both commited to helping faculty members make the adjustments to introduce parallel programming into university courses. These two SC10 events and many others can give you ammunition to take back to your department and begin the transition there.

I'll be taking part in these sessions; if you're at SC10, I hope you'll be there, too. You can  share your own experiences of transitioning to a more parallel curriculum, discuss methods of teaching parallel programming to students or just absorb some ideas about how to break through to any "brick walls" that have turned a deaf ear to parallel programming as an integral part of any course that deals with programming.
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