Convergence of good ideas into a coalesced one is normative for this millennia. It has has happened with PDA, camera, phone, and portable game system becoming today's smartphone; which is now converging with touchscreen notepad and keyboard into a next ubiquitous device. This blog post highlights convergence of hardware, software and curricula into a lowcost parallel educational appliance, almost free, with a next generation coming out this summer, ready to be wheeled into an undergraduate CS classroom.
I am very proud to be one of the first Intel Academic Microgrant for Parallelism recipients. I thought others might enjoy hearing how one old dog is trying to learn some new tricks. Here is the story of "Making Parallelism 'Nifty'".