SIGCSE Intel Parallelism Lightning Rounds



Welcome to the Intel® Academic Community & EAPF Parallelism Lightning Rounds at SIGCSE 2012.

What are the Parallelism Lightning Rounds?

At SIGCSE 2012, we are looking to ignite attendees on the wide range of teaching content, tools, games and examples that can be used in the class room to introduce parallel concepts into computer science and computational sciences at many levels.

Each presenter will get 5 minutes and five slides to demonstrate how they have brought parallelism into their curriculum.

This is meant to be a fun, informative and informed event based on the Ignite Live Forums.  Ignite is a global event, organized by volunteers, where participants are given five minutes to talk about their ideas and personal or professional passions, accompanied by limited slides. The presentations are meant to "ignite" the audience on a subject, i.e. to generate awareness and to stimulate thought and action on the subjects presented.


Who can apply?

This event is open to any SIGCSE attendee teaching, at the K-12, college or graduate level.   You must be over 18 to participate.


How to apply?

Simply send one or two paragraphs describing the content for the 5 slides that you plan to show during the event to  Please put Lightning Round in the subject.


Abstracts are due end of day Wednesday, February 22. Don’t delay!

If selected to present, you will have 5 minutes and five slides to demonstrate how you have brought, or plan on bringing, parallelism into your curriculum.


All entries must include:

  1. Your name
  2. Your email
  3. A phone number where you can be reached while at SIGCSE
  4. The institution where you teach
  5. What classes this material would be best suited for (e.g. 1st year CS Data Structures class)
  6. A short paragraph detailing the specific topic, technique or problem will you address in your  five minute lightning round
  7. A description of the 5 Slides you will present

How will decisions be made regarding presenters selected for the event?

The EAPF SIGCSE Committee will select participants based relevance, clarity, and creativity.

What are the fabulous prizes?

The first 25 people who submit appropriate content will receive a copy of Dr. Clay Breshears book, The Art of Concurrency: A Thread Monkey's Guide to Writing Parallel Applications.

Everyone who presents will be entered into a drawing for an Asus - Zenbook Ultrabook™ with Intel® Core™ i5 Processor / 13.3" Display / 4GB Memory / 128GB Solid State Drive

Is this award only for Computer Science instructors?

No. We welcome material applicable to a wide array of disciplines.

Example content ideas:

We welcome all entries and encourage you to use your knowledge and creativity.  Below are some examples of great content ideas –What are yours?

  1. Describe how you parallelized the standard merge sort algorithm and how you introduced it into your classroom.
  2. Showcase a classroom exercise or homework assignment to describe a queue data structure in a parallel setting.
  3. Show how you used an existing textbook and added Parallel examples or problems.
  4. Describe how you challenge your students to find ways to scale beyond four cores.
  5. Describe  a game you used to illustrate parallel concepts. 
  6. Tell us how you introduced parallel libraries
  7. Talk about your experiences using programming environments such as Alice or Scratch to introduce parallelism.

What are the conditions?

Winners will be contacted by phone and e-mail and must be present at SIGCSE in order to win.  All prizes must be picked up at the Intel booth by 12 pm, Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 after which time they will be considered forfeit.

All entries and subsequent material will be made available to a wide community under the terms of the Creative Commons license.

Intel reserves the right to use the entries in any fashion including the right to publicize entries and winners in promotional material. Intel reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal value. Decisions of the judges are final.

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