Dick Brown

Got Hardware? Exploring barriers and breakers to teaching parallelism

SIGCSE 11 seemed like a good place to challenge some of the assumptions that we make all year round.  Assumptions, and dare I say, excuses, for why the integration of parallelism into undergraduate classrooms seems to be progressing so slowly.  When we develop and decide what programs to fund, Intel wants to know what sort of impact we're making to the ecosystem and we naturally are looking for the pain points.

Brown goes to Town. Thinking Parallel in Minnesota

I have to say that I love my job. I get to meet all kinds of fascinating people all on the same road to THINK PARALLEL.  One such person is Dr. Dick Brown of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. Professor Brown attended last year’s SIGCSE in Chattanooga, TN, and heard Michael Wrinn of Intel’s talk on Ubiquitous Parallelism.  He told me recently that this talk really helped him realize that a big change in CS curriculum was necessary.


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