Paper Parallel and the Thousand dear Courses

Paper Mario was pretty popular and I think the upcoming special issue of ACM Transactions on Computing Education will also be pretty popular, especially since it will be focused on Concurrent, Parallel and Distributed Computation.

We are at a cusp where there is a great amount of productive churn surrounding how and what to teach in order that our CS graduates are competent in the now ubiquitous parallel computational world.

It would be great to tap the wisdom of the readers of these Intel blogs, and so, please consider looking over the call for submission I duplicate below. Please consider contributing your knowledge and experiences to this special issue.

Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of
ACM Transactions on Computing Education on
Concurrent, Parallel and Distributed Computation


The past few years have seen a significant change in the computer architecture that is readily available to students and educators: for example, multicore processors and cloud computing. Furthermore, programming languages used for teaching have multithreading defined within the language. Even visual programming environments for young people like Scratch and Alice support concurrency.


The editors of this Special Issue are looking for papers describing innovative approaches to teaching and learning this subject. Preference will be given to papers that include an empirical evaluation.


A preliminary one-page abstract of the paper should be sent to the editors of the Special Issue by 1 October 2011. The editors will assess the relevance of the papers for the Special Issue by 15 October. The deadline for submission of full papers is 1 December 2011.


Submissions must be done via Manuscript Central ( In the cover letter, indicate that the paper is for the Special Issue on Concurrent, Parallel and Distributed Computation. See the TOCE review criteria at see


      Guest editors:

      Moti Ben-Ari, Weizmann Institute of Science,

      Dan Garcia, University of California Berkeley,

    Tom Murphy, Contra Costa College,

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