Academic Community Reaches 1,000 Universities

Intel® Academic Community Connects Professors at 1,000 Universities Worldwide
Preparing Next Generation Software Developers

The Intel® Academic Community announced today that over 1,000 universities have joined.  The community delivers cutting edge parallel programming and visual computing curriculum to universities worldwide. As most new processors shipped are multicore, software development requires a paradigm shift from serial to parallel programming. As this industry shift occurs, Intel is committed to preparing the future software development workforce worldwide to "think parallel," by providing professors with curriculum, research, training, access to new technologies and providing a professional network of academic peers for Computer and Information Technology faculty.

This unique program has worked directly with leading universities in 72 countries to conduct research on future technologies.  Curriculum developed with these universities, and with academic curriculum bodies such as ACM and IEEE-CS, are delivered to universities via the online Intel Academic Community and through specialized professor training. Professors also share their curriculum via the website.  Since March 2007, over 1680 professors have participated worldwide, and over 100,000 students have directly benefited from the parallel programming classes and access to Intel Software Development Tools and new technologies.

The chart shows the global reach of the program, each disk represents one country, and the size of the disk indicates the number of participating universities.



"We have integrated multicore training modules throughout our computer programming curriculum.  It has been great working with the Intel Academic Community, because of our ability to connect with other professors in the community, receive great feedback, and interweave the knowledge and software development tools from Intel into what we are doing locally."
Professor Ada Gavrilovska, Georgia Tech

"The next generation of programmers must learn how to design a faster software that maximizes the power of multi-core architecture", says Dr. Putchong Uthayopas, Assistant Professor, Kasetsart University and Director at the Thai National Grid Center, SIPA, Ministry of ICT, "Our students benefit greatly from what we learned and practiced in these courses from Intel. This software industry will also benefit through our students."

"In our challenge to make multicore software engineering more accessible to average programmers, Intel's hands-on teaching material is of great help." says Dr. Victor Pankratius, Head of Young Investigator Group on Multicore Software Engineering, University of Karlsruhe, Germany.

"Intel is the first company here in Taiwan dedicated to promote Multicore curriculum with vision and social responsibilities, we really appreciate Intel's support and effort to enhance our teaching work."Prof. Chung-Ping Chung, Director and Professor, Computer Science, National Chiao Tung University

Dr. Mazen Kharbutli, Assistant Professor at the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)
, the 1,000th university to join the program, states “Our Faculty of Computer and Information Technology here at Jordan University of Science and Technology is delighted to be recognized for joining the Intel Academic Community program. As a leading university in the region, we feel it is important to continuously give our students cutting edge development curriculum to prepare them for the future. We plan to utilize software development tools from Intel in our curriculum. We also believe that it is important for our professors to learn from industry experts which will make our parallel programming and visual computing curriculum best in class.”

To celebrate reaching the 1000th university milestone, Intel will award a commemorative plaque to the Department of Engineering at the Jordan University for Science and Technology, and will send a signed copy of the upcoming book, The Art of Concurrency, A Thread Monkey's Guide to Writing Parallel Applications, by Dr. Clay Breshears (Intel) to Dr. Kharbutli and a laptop PC.


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SIGCSE 2009 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Intel Academic Community is at the SIGCSE symposium in Chattanooga, TN this week, encouraging faculty and researchers to "Think Parallel".  Highlights include a pre-show Day of Parallelism training and workshop and show sessions and panels focused on bringing Parallel Programming Curricula into the classroom.  The Intel Academic Community will deliver its first 2009 Leadership in Academia Award to a professor during the conference.

Each year Intel invests USD 100 million to help teachers teach, students learn and universities around the world innovate-particularly in the areas of math, science and technology. Intel believes students everywhere deserve to have the tools needed to become the next generation of innovators.

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Academic Videos

Parallel Curriculum at Georgia Tech
Professors Matt Wolf and Ada Gavrilovska from Georgia Tech discuss how they have integrated multicore training modules throughout their curriculum and how working with the Intel Academic Community has been valuable.   /en-us/videos/multi-core-at-georgia-tech-professors-wolf-and-gavrilovska/


Three Things You Must Teach
Module 1: Recognizing Potential Parallelism

Dr. Clay Breshears (Intel) in a three part series introducing parallelism to undergraduates.  Includes downloadable courseware. /en-us/videos/three-things-you-must-teach-module-1-recognizing-potential-parallelism/


Intel Academic Community Connects 1,000 Universities

Scott Apeland, Intel Director of Developer Programs, discusses the global reach and impact of the 1,000 universities who have joined the program.

Sample Professor-developed curriculum

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Intel Academic Community
Intel Academic Community Featured Members
Intel Leadership in Academia Award
Intel Parallel Programming and Multi-Core Community

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