The academic community manager looks back at 2009

Hello, we've got some exciting new projects coming in 2010, but first, a review of the high points of 2009 seems in order. Last year the Academic Community really began to flourish; with our members active participation and leadership, we were able to really make an impact on advancing and expanding parallel programming curricula around the world. Model courses were accepted at institutions in China and the US. The community grew to 3500 members, in 86 different countries and significant programs to encourage parallel programming models were launched in India, Romania, and Jordan. Just some of the details are below but we encourage you to visit us online and find out what other benefits might be available to you.

And in 2010? Well, we're getting ready to make a splash at SIGCSE 2010 in Millwaukie with a super-secret new initiative that will give you remote access to many-core systems. Keep your eyes open for the announcement in March. Other big changes will be coming to the website. Our Moodle is now close to 200 entries strong and were looking for your input and reviews on the courseware. A new interface is in the works to make it easier to contribute and access great content. Finally, we'll be looking for the right way to improve communications with you and making sure that the forums are meeting your high expectations. Keep the suggestions coming...

In this Issue:
2009 Wrap Up
Academic Community Leaders

-- Academic Blogs and Forums
The academic blogs started taking off in 2009. Hear from your colleagues, read a blog, or better still, write one of your own! The Academic Forums were also busy and with the coming connection to the moodle we're expecting them to be the place to be for fresh conversation in 2010. A big thank-you to Professor Jose Jesus Ambriz Meza of Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara for taking real ownership in the Forums!

-- USC Integrates Parallel Computing, December 2009

Seven newly revamped courses at University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering establish parallelsim as core to computing curricula. Find out more including course structures and downloadable demos!

--Intel Academic Community at Supercomputing, November 2009
The Academic Communty helped lead workshops on Paralellism and sponsered two well-attended panels. We partnered with Supercomputing Education and conducted joint interviews for Teach Parallel. Good news for those of you who couldn't make is... We were able to tape the session and have a great selection of onsite interviews available on demand.

-- Intel Academic Community at IDF, September 2009
The Academic Community was out in force during the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Our session and panel were voted #1 and #3 by attendees. See our interviews here. Many of the classes, talks and panels were either taped or slides made available. Find out more about future IDF events here.

-- Center of Excellence in India, August 2009
The Intel® Academic Community announced the launch of its Center of Excellence for faculty training at M. S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India. This Center of Excellence at the MSRIT campus, which is fully equipped with latest Intel® hardware and software, aims to train 300 faculties from 155 institutes of the Visveswaraiah Technological University (VTU) on Parallel Programming for the Undergraduate curriculum.

-- Academic Showcase Launches, July 2009
Get the highlights of Intel’s academic involvement, especially around bringing concepts of Parallelism into the classroom.

--High School Parallelism Curriculum Pilot, July 2009
Are High School Whiz Kids Ready to "Think Parallel?" The answer seems to be yes as proven by the Academic Community team together with Brooklyn Technical High School Read more about their pilot project here.

-- Intel Academic Courseware Moodle Debuts, June 2009
Intel launched a new interface for faculty to access and contribute content on parallelism and related subjects. Log-in to the Moodle to find material from colleagues, Intel or contrbute your own. With well over 150 modules this is a great resource.

-- Software Engineering for Parallel Systems (SEPARS)
SEPARS held the second International Workshop on Multi-core Engineering (IWMSE 09) as a workshop co-located at ICSE 2009 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Intel Academic Community Memebers, Victor Pankratius and Walter Tichy (University of Karlsruhe, Germany) and Mike Wrinn and Jeff Gallagher (Intel) co-taught an ICSE tutorial about parallel programming concepts and tools. Read about it in Jeff's blog here.

--Model Courseware from Xiamen University, May 2009
Real Time System Design & Analysis was nominated as a China Ministry of Education model course in China. This is a great honor for Prof. Zhongwen Li and Intel.

--Teach Parallel Broadcasts debut, April 2009
Teach Parallel! debuts on ISNT with hosts, Paul Steinberg of Intel and Professor Tom Murphy of Contra Costa College. Attend online or catch-up on the archives after the event.

-- The Russian Academic Community goes live, January 2009
The Russian Academic community website launched Nov 25 at the HPC Symposium in Moscow.

-- The Academic Community helped promote the Middle East on its path to digital future.
The Academic Community trained 4,060 future developers including 84 faculty from 24 of the top universities in the region. The initiative has helped point out the very high demand for new technology training in the region.

Academic Community Leaders

Dr. Matthew Wolf,
was the first recipient of the Leadership in Academia Award and an Intel Blackbelt. Dr. Wolf was presented the award at the SIGCSE symposium in honor of his many contributions in the field of Computer Science and specifically to the advancement of a Parallel Computing Curriculum.

Professor Tom Murphy
won an Intel Black Belt. Professor Murphy is Computer Science Program Chair and Director of Contra Costa College HPC Regional Education Training Center. He helps lead weeklong Parallel and Distributed Programming workshops across the US through the SC and National Computational Science Institute. He is member of the SC07-11 Education Program steering committee and the co-host of the Academic Community Teach Parallel! series.

Dr. Jianfeng Yang
received an Intel Black Belt for Academia. He is an associate professor of Electronic Information College of Wuhan University and the leader of the Multi-core Curriculum, embedded system design curriculum of Wuhan University and of the Wuhan University-Intel Multi-core Technology joint lab. His leadership has been instrumental in helping Intel integrate Parallel Programming into Universities in China.

Dr. Walter F. Tichy
received a Leadership in Academia Award. He is professor of Computer Science at the University Karlsruhe, Germany. Dr. Tichy is also a charter member of Intel's Academic Community Advisory Council, which is a world-wide coalition of education professionals providing feedback and guidance regarding Intel's educational materials and plans.

Dr. Victor Pankratius
received a Leadership in Academia Award. He heads the young investigator "Software Engineering for Multicore Systems group at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany. His current research concentrates on how to make parallel programming easier for the average programmer. He chairs the international working group, Software Engineering for Parallel Systems of the Gesellschaft für Informatik. Dr. Pankratius holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.