[hpc-announce] EduPar-16 CFP + Extended Scope for CDER Book Volume II on PDC Education

Sushil K. Prasad sprasad at gsu.edu
Tue Dec 22 17:23:14 CST 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Below please find the Call for Papers for EduPar-16 workshop to be held at
IPDPS-16 in Chicago with abstract deadline of Jan 8 and a *revised paper
submission deadline of Jan 11*.   Website:

There was a lot of community interest in contributing advanced chapters on
teaching parallel and distributed computing topics for higher level
elective courses toward the CDER book project.  To address this, we
are *extending
the scope of volume II to both lower-level core courses and higher level
advanced courses*.  To allow time for you to respond, we are extending the
deadline to *Jan 30 for half-page proposals* for the second volume of CDER
book.  The Call for Proposals is also appended below.  Website:

Happy Holidays!,

Sushil Prasad

6th NSF/TCPP Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing Education

In conjunction with
*30th IEEE International Parallel & **Distributed Processing Symposium,*
*May 23, 2016, Chicago Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois, USA*

Website: *http://cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum/?q=edupar*


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 6th 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unpublished manuscripts from individuals or teams from academia, industry,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 curricuum as
well as in domain-specific Computational Sciences and Engineering
curriculums and with PDC and high performance computing (HPC) concepts. The
emphasis of the 6th workshop continues to be on undergraduate education,
although certain aspects of graduate education, if relevant to
undergraduates, may be considered at the discretion of the program
committee.  The workshop especially seeks papers that report on experience
with implementing aspects of the NSF/TCPP or ACM/IEEE CS2013 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 the TCPP curriculum initiative (
http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum/index.php) for CS/CE undergraduates
supported by NSF and its 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, including informal learning

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

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

5. Experience with incorporating PDC topics in the context of other
applications learning

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

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are asked to submit *6-8 page* papers in pdf
format at the EasyChair submission site
<https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=edupar16>.  Submissions should be
formatted as single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point 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.

Proceedings of the workshops are distributed at the conference and are
submitted for inclusion in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library after the

LaTex Package

Word Template <http://www.ipdps.org/templates/IEEECS_CPS_8.5x11x2.zip>


January 8, 2016: Abstract submission deadline (Optional)

January 11, 2016: Paper submission deadline

February 20, 2016: Author notification

February 28, 2016: Camera-ready paper deadline


*Workshop Chair:*

Sushil K. Prasad, Georgia State University

*Program Chair  *

R. (Vaidy) Vaidyanathan, Louisiana State University

*Proceedings Chair  *

Satish Puri, Georgia State University

*Program Committee**:*

*Ioana Banicescu, Mississippi State University*

*Martina Barnas, Indiana University Bloomington*

*Jeffrey Carver, University of Alabama*

*Niloy Ganguly, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur*

*Victor Gergel, Nizhni Novgorod State University*

*Nasser Giacaman, The University of Auckland*

*Domingo Gimenez, University of Murcia*

*Anshul Gupta, IBM Research*

*David Kaeli, Northeastern University*

*Kishore Kothapalli, International Institute of Information Technology,

*Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University*

*Henry Neeman, University of Oklahoma*

*Peter Pacheco, University of San Francisco*

*Manish Parashar, Rutgers University*

*Sathya Peri, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad*

*Cynthia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories*

*Sushil Prasad, Georgia State University*

*Noemi Rodriguez, PUC-Rio*

*Krishnendu Roy, Valdosta State University*

*Jawwad Shamsi, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences*

*Violet Syrotiuk, Arizona State University*

*Jerry Trahan, Louisiana State University*

*Frédéric Vivien, INRIA*

*Michael Wrinn, Intel*



*Call for Proposals - Volume 2CDER Book Project on Parallel and Distributed
Computing TopicsforUndergraduate Core Courses *

*Background:* The first volume (
<http://grid.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum/?q=cedr_book>has evolved
organically based on contributions received in response to two calls for
book chapters, in 2013 and 2014; all contributions have been rigorously
reviewed. We would like to invite proposals for chapters on parallel and
distributed computing topics, for either instructors or students, for a
subsequent volume of this book. More specifically, we are interested in
chapters on topics from the current TCPP/CDER curriculum guidelines for
introductory courses that have not been addressed by the chapters in this
volume. Examples of such topics include memory hierarchy issues, SIMD
architectures (such as accelerators) and programming models for them,
parallel versions of common algorithms and their analysis, etc.

*Note:* There have been a lot of community interest in writing chapters on
teaching parallel and distributed computing topics for higher level
elective courses toward the CDER book project. To address this, we are
extending the scope of volume II to both lower-level core courses and the
more advanced, specialized topics in parallel and distributed computing
that are targeted at students in upper level classes.

*Motivation and Goals:* While the community as well as the CS2013 ACM/IEEE
Computer Science Curriculum Joint Task Force
recognized the need to integrate topics in parallel and distributed
computing (PDC) in the early core courses in the computer science and
computer engineering curriculum, both instructors and students need
suitable textual material to effectively carry this out. The project's goal
is to address the lack of suitable textbooks to integrate PDC topics into
the lower level core courses (CS0 - Computer Literacy/Principles course,
typically for non-CS majors, CS1, CS2, Systems, Discrete Maths, Data
Structures and Algorithms, Logic Design, Intro to Data Science, Intro to
Computational Science, etc.). The NSF/TCPP working group on PDC curriculum
for undergraduates has proposed a set of core PDC topics and their level of
coverage. This is organized into four tables of architecture, programming,
algorithm, and cross-cutting topics - see
http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum. This edited book will cover all
these proposed topics and will be freely available on the Web. The book
will have two parts.

*Part I:* For instructors - Basic concepts and references on (i) what and
(ii) how to teach PDC topics in the context of the existing topics in
various core courses.

*Part 2:* For students - Supplemental textual material for core courses
which students can rely on for learning and exercises.


   1. NSF/IEEE-TCPP Curriculum on Parallel and Distributed Computing – Core
   Topics for Undergraduates
   2. Curriculum’s Appendix 2
   <http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum/?q=curr_appendix2.html> has
   brief suggestions on how to teach proposed PDC topics.
   3. To discuss this book’s plan with the early adopters of PDC curriculum
   and others, a teleconference was held on June 17, 2013: see slides
    employed, audio recording
   <http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum/CEDR_Meeting-06172013.mp3>, and
   its meeting minutes
   4. Author Instructions for Chapters

*What to submit?* Submit a 1⁄2-1 page informal proposal specifying your
goals and a brief outline of your proposed chapter addressing how it would
be usable, complete, and adaptable at EasyChair website
https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=cderbook15. Employ keywords
specifying the core/advanced course(s) that is the primary target of your
chapter and the PDC topics covered. Multiple author teams are welcome.

We ask you to clearly insert the relevant PDC topics and subtopics, and if
possible the appropriate Bloom level to indicate depth of coverage, as
keywords that your writeup will address from the NSF/TCPP Curriculum. For
example, for a "Parallel Programming paradigms and Notations" writeup, you
may have "SIMD (K), Shared-Memory: Compiler directives/pragmas (C),
Synchronization: Producer-consumer (A), Synchronization: Monitors (K),
etc." A brief skeleton (section/subsections) of the proposed writeup will

The proposals will be reviewed by the CDER center investigators: Anshul
Gupta, Sushil Prasad, Arny Rosenberg, Alan Sussman, and Chip Weems. The
chapter write-ups will be reviewed by the NSF/TCPP curriculum working group
and other experts.

*Contact:* Sushil K Prasad (sprasad at gsu dot edu).


Proposal submission (required): Jan 30
Proposal notification: March 1
Chapter submission: April 30
Author notification: June 30

First round Call
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