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Fourth NSF/TCPP Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing Education (EduPar-14)

Technical Program

 Monday, May 19, 2014

In conjunction with 28th IEEE International Parallel & Distributed Processing Symposium, Arizona Grand Resort, PHOENIX (ARIZONA) USA


SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED to Jan 28 (Abstract submission by Jan 21 encouraged)


Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) now permeates most computing activities. The pervasiveness of computing devices containing multicore CPUs and GPUs, including home and office PCs, laptops, and mobile devices, is making even common users dependent on parallel processing. Certainly, it is no longer sufficient for even basic programmers to acquire only the traditional sequential programming skills. The preceding trends point to the need for imparting a broad-based skill set in PDC technology at various levels in the educational fabric woven by Computer Science (CS) and Computer Engineering (CE) programs as well as related computational disciplines.  However, the rapid changes in computing hardware platforms and devices, languages, supporting programming environments, and research advances, more than ever challenge educators in knowing what to include in the curriculum and what to teach in any given semester or course.

The 4th workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing Education invites unpublished manuscripts from individuals or teams from academia, industry, and other educational and research institutes on topics pertaining to the teaching of PDC topics in the Computer Science and Engineering curriculum as well as in Computational Science and computational courses of STEM, Geoscience and other disciplines with PDC and high performance computing(HPC) concepts. The emphasis of the fourth workshop continues to be on the undergraduate education.  The workshop especially seeks papers that report on experience with implementing aspects of the NSF/TCPP curriculum or other novel approaches to incorporating PDC topics into undergraduate core courses that are taken by the majority of students in a program. Methods, pedagogical approaches, tools, and techniques that have the potential for adoption across the broader community are of particular interest.

This effort is in coordination with NSF/TCPP curriculum initiative for CS/CE undergraduates ( and its upcoming NSF-supported Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum Development and Educational Resources (CDER).

 The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Pedagogical issues in PDC

2. Novel ways of teaching PDC topics

3. Models for incorporating PDC topics in core CS/CE curriculum

4. Experience with incorporating PDC topics into core CS/CE courses

5. Pedagogical tools, programming environments, and languages for PDC

There will be two tracks in the workshop, a general track and an Early Adopter track.  Instructors who have received an NSF/TCPP Early Adopter grant in the past for curriculum enhancement for inclusion of PDC topics are encouraged to submit in the second track.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are asked to submit 6-8 page papers in pdf format at EasyChair submission site at  An Early Adopter track submission should be indicated by using "EA:" as the title prefix. Submissions should be formatted as single-spaced double-column pages using 10-pointsize font on 8.5x11 inch pages (IEEE conference style), including figures, tables, and references. See style templates for details.

Submissions will be reviewed based on the novelty of contributions, impact on broader undergraduate curriculum, particularly on core curriculum,  relevance to the goals of the workshop,  and, for experience papers, the results of their evaluation and the evaluation methodology.

All accepted papers will appear in IPDPS workshop proceedings.

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January 28, 2014 Jan 21, 2014: EXTENDED paper submission deadline (Abstract submission by Jan 21 is highly encouraged)

February 28, 2014 Feb 15, 2014: Author notification

March 14, 2014 Feb 28, 2014: Camera-ready paper deadline



Workshop Chair:

Sushil K. Prasad, Georgia State University

Program Committee (tentative):

Allen, Gabrielle, Louisiana State University

Banicescu, Ioana, Mississippi State University

Brito, Andrey, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande

Brown, Richard, St. Olaf College

Buck, Scott, Intel

Bhavsar, Virendra, University of New Brunswick

Crowder, Grace, National Security Agency

Dehne, Frank, Carleton University

Dongarra, Jack, Innovative Computing Laboratory - University of Tennessee

Garland, Michael, NVIDIA

Gordon, Steven, Ohio Supercomputer Center

Gupta, Anshul, IBM Research

Kaeli, David, Northeastern University

Kant, Krishna, Temple University

Kothapalli, Kishore, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Lathrop, Scott, Shodor

Lumsdaine, Andrew, Indiana University

Neeman, Henry, University of Oklahoma  

Pacheco, Peter, University of San Francisco

Padua, David, University of Illinois

Parashar, Manish, Rutgers University

Patt, Yale, The University of Texas at Austin

Phillips, Cynthia, Sandia National Laboratories

Prasad, Sushil, Georgia State University

Robert, Yves, ENS Lyon

Rosenberg, Arnold, Northeastern University

Sahni, Sartaj, University of Florida

Sussman, Alan, University of Maryland

Vivien, Frédéric, INRIA

Weems, Charles, University of Massachusettes

Wrinn, Michael, Intel 

Wu, Jie, Temple University

Yang, Yuanyuan, Stony Brook University