Everyone has a dream

We all have dreams, but it often takes a lot of work to make them come true. More than 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, a great American, delivered a seminal speech calling for equality in the United States. In my opinion, inherent in that speech and throughout his life's work, was an understanding that inequality is expressed in different ways in all sectors of a society. Today, there is much discussion on technology gaps, the so-called digital divide, which can manifest itself as unfair allocation of global resources and opportunities. As I see it, every country, no matter the level of it technological achievements and relative place in the wider economy, faces challenges to ensure that all citizens have the same opportunity to excel.

February in the United States is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans in all spheres of society and also to remember the challenges of the past. Here in the Academic Community, we are focusing on African American contributions in the realm of computational technologies. We have just recorded our first Teach Parallel broadcast on this theme with Byron Sharer Robertson, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin. As part of his PhD work, Byron has been leading a study to document how bringing small-scale supercomputing resources (sounds like an oxymoron, but it isn't) into minority school districts can boost student scores. Tom and I talked with Byron about his research during the recent SC10 in New Orleans.

During the first of the Black History month broadcasts, the topic of conversation with Byron was just how much African American scientists have contributed to our basic technological infrastructure. See more of this broadcast here. Our next broadcast will feature Dr. Roscoe Giles Professor of Computer and Electrical Engineering at Boston University. Roscoe, Tom and I will discuss the current state of African American engagement in Computer Science, as well as resources and opportunities available, paying special attention to the Broader Engagement Program which Roscoe will chair at the upcoming Supercomputing 11 Conference in Dallas Texas.

I am more than proud that Intel is commited to provide resources across the globe to help mitigate opportunity gaps through education and technology initiatives. I am hopeful that the work we do here at the academic community can help, even in a small way, towards providing the kind of resources that will help move education forward for everybody around the world. That's my dream. What is yours?
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