[hpc-announce] Fwd: CFP for JPDC Special Issue on Teaching Parallel, Distributed and High-Performance Computing

Sushil K. Prasad sprasad at gsu.edu
Thu Apr 7 09:35:08 CDT 2016


ISSUE TITLE: Keeping up with Technology: Teaching Parallel, Distributed and
High-Performance Computing


Sushil Prasad, Georgia State University, sprasad at gsu.edu
Ioana Banicescu, Mississippi State University, ioana at cse.msstate.edu
Martina Barnas, Indiana University, mbarnas at indiana.edu
Domingo Giménez, University of Murcia, domingo at um.es
Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University, lums at cs.indiana.edu


This special issue is devoted to progress in one of the most important
challenges facing education pertinent to computing technologies. The work
published here is of relevance to those who teach computing technology at
all levels, with greatest implications for undergraduate education.

Parallel and distributed computing (PDC) has become ubiquitous to the
extent that even casual users depend on parallel processing. This
necessitates that every programmer understands how parallelism and
distributed programming affect problem solving. Thus, teaching only
traditional, sequential programming is no longer adequate. For this reason,
it is essential to impart a range of PDC and high performance computing
(HPC) knowledge and skills at various levels within the educational fabric
woven by Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), and related
computational science and engineering curricula. However, rapid changes in
hardware platforms, languages, programming environments, and advances in
research increasingly challenge educators to decide what to teach and how
to teach it, in order to prepare students for their careers in technology.

In recognition of the importance of the issue coupled with its challenges,
in 2012 the IEEE Technical Committee on Parallel Processing (TCPP) released
its Curriculum on Parallel and Distributed Computing for undergraduates
following a preliminary version in 2010. The curriculum includes a list of
core topics on parallelism for undergraduate studies.  In 2011, to
facilitate sharing of findings and experiences and fostering the community,
the EduPar workshop series was established at TCPP’s flagship IPDPS
conference. Inaugurated in 2013, the EduHPC workshop series at SC
conference, with greater emphasis on HPC, followed the success of EduPar.
Reflecting the truly global nature of the community, in 2015 the workshops
were expanded with the first Euro-EduPar, with an European orientation, at
the EuroPar conference. In summary, there are now three workshops per year
devoted to PDC and HPC Education. The workshops are very successful, which
indicates community’s interest in Parallel and Distributed Computing, in
accordance with the necessity of initiating today's students to a
technology they will work with in their professional life.

This special issue seeks high quality contributions in the fields of PDC
and HPC education.  Submissions should be on the topics of EduPar 2015,
Euro-EduPar 2015 and EduHPC 2015 workshops. Submissions extending the
regular and keynote presentations in these three workshops are particularly
encouraged, with the expectation of at least 30% new material beyond the
content presented at the workshops.  This is an opportunity for these
authors, whose contributions were already found valuable to the advancement
of computing education, to provide an update on their ongoing work and
bring their contributions to the much broader audience of a prestigious
archival journal. Submissions will be reviewed by the program committee
members of the three 2015 workshops.


The topics are compilations of topics from EduPar, Euro-EduPar and EduHPC:

● Curriculum design and models for incorporating PDC and HPC topics in core
CS/CE curriculum
● Experience with incorporating PDC and HPC topics into core CS/CE courses
● Experience with incorporating PDC and HPC topics in the context of other
applications learning
● Pedagogical issues in incorporating PDC and HPC in undergraduate and
graduate education, especially in core courses
● Novel ways of teaching PDC and HPC topics, including informal learning
● Pedagogical tools, programming environments, infrastructures, languages
and projects for PDC and HPC
● Education resources based on higher level programming languages such as
PGAS, X10, Chapel, Haskell, Python and Cilk, and emerging environments such
as CUDA, OpenCL, OpenACC, and Hadoop
● Parallel and distributed models of programming/computation suitable for
teaching, learning and workforce development
● e-Learning, e-Laboratory, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), Small
Private Online Courses (SPOC)
● PDC and HPC experiences at non-university levels; secondary school,
postgraduate, industry, diffusion of PDC and HPC
● Employers’ experiences with and expectation of the level of PDC and HPC
proficiency among new graduates


Letter of intent (title and author list due to Guest Editors): April 30,
2016 (optional)
Submission of papers to the journal due: *June 15th, 2016*
First round review results: September 7th, 2016
Revised papers due for submission: October 7th, 2016
Second round review results: November 7th, 2016
Final version of accepted papers:  December 15th, 2016
Publication: Spring 2017


All manuscripts submission and review will be handled by Elsevier Editorial
System http://ees.elsevier.com/jpdc.  All papers should be prepared
according to JPDC Guide for Authors.  Manuscripts should be no longer than
35 double-spaced pages, not including the title page, abstract, or
references.  It is important that authors select SI: Edu*** 2015 when they
reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

For further questions or inquiries, please contact the Guest Editors.
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