2010 Workshop on Curricula for Concurrency and Parallelism


Sunday, October 17, 2010

The concurrency era has exploded on us. Multicore systems are now everywhere -- in our laptops, desktops, graphic cards, video game consoles. Symmetric multi-processors and clusters dominate the server and high performance computing market and are the foundation for cloud computing.

There is an urgent need to ensure that newly trained Computer Science graduates are well versed in the principles and practice of concurrent and parallel programming. Following a previous successful workshop on Multicore Programming Education at ASPLOS 2009, and at OOPSLA 2009, this workshop will address several fundamental questions:

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and thinkers to address this topic. It will be organized around the presentation of position papers selected by the PC, and a panel discussion.

The schedule for the workshop is presented below. Other participants will have the opportunity to present their views in a special "hot topics" session, where participants will be provided with 5 minute slots to make a presentation.

Workshop Program and Proceedings

8:30 - 8:45 Welcome
8:45 - 9:20 Ready-For-Use: 3 Weeks of Parallelism and Concurrency in a Required Second-Year Data-Structures Course, slides
Dan Grossman
9:20 - 9:40 The Impending Ordinariness of Teaching Concurrent Programming
Doug Lea
9:40 - 10:00 Concurrency and Parallelism as a Medium for Computer Science Concepts,slides
Steven Bogaerts, Kyle Burke, Brian Shelburne, and Eric Stahlberg

Morning Break

10:30 - 10:50 An undergraduate curriculum infused with parallelism , slides
Vijay S. Pai and Samuel Midkiff
10:50 - 11:10 Concurrency, Intuition and Formal Verification: Yes, We Can! , slides
Jan B. Pedersen and Peter H. Welch
11:10 - 11:30 A Language-oriented Approach to Teaching Concurrency , slides
Tom Van Cutsem, Stefan Marr, and Wolfgang De Meuter
11:30 - 12:00 Discussion of morning papers


1:30 - 2:05 Tool-based Approach to Teaching Parallel and Concurrent Programming, slides
Caitlin Sadowski, Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, Thomas Ball, Joseph Mayo, Shaz Qadeer,
Sebastian Burckhardt, Madanlal Musuvathi, Judith Bishop, and Stephen Toub
2:05 - 2:25 DrHabanero - a Platform for Parallel Software Education in Java,slides
Robert Cartwright and Vivek Sarkar
2:25 - 3:00 Early and often: Bringing more parallelism into undergraduate Computer Science
Richard Brown, Elizabeth Shoop, Joel Adams, Curtis Clifton, Mark Gardner, and Michael Haupt
shared with Towards a community of Computer Science educators who teach more parallelism,slides
Elizabeth Shoop, Peter Hinsbeeck, and Richard Brown

Afternoon Break

Hot Topics
Vijay Saraswat
Stein Gjessing

Program Committee