[hpc-announce] Deadline Extended to July 31 - JPDC Special Issue: Keeping up with Technology: Teaching Parallel, Distributed and High-Performance Computing

Sushil K. Prasad sprasad at gsu.edu
Mon Jun 19 14:01:21 CDT 2017

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

Sushil K. Prasad (Managing Editor), Georgia State University and National
Science Foundation, sprasad at gsu.edu
Sheikh Ghafoor, Tennessee Tech University, sghafoor at tntech.edu
Christos Kaklamanis, University of Patras and CTI "Diophantus,"
kakl at ceid.upatras.gr
Satish Puri, Marquette University, satish.puri at marquette.edu
Ramachandran Vaidyanathan, Louisiana State University, vaidy at lsu.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 2016,
Euro-EduPar 2016 and EduHPC 2016 workshops, but the submission is open to
all. 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 are expected to
address the evaluation of methods or tools proposed.  Submissions will be
reviewed by the program committee members of the three 2016 workshops and
other experts.


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

·       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 environments

·       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

·       Issues and experiences to address gender gap and broadening
participation of underrepresented groups (both students and educators) in

·       Teaching of HPC and Big Data Analytics across STEM disciplines

Submission of papers to the journal due: EXTENDED to July 31, 2017
First round review results: Oct 13th, 2017
Revised papers due for submission: Nov 20th, 2017
Second round review results: Dec 15th, 2017
Final version of accepted papers:  Jan 22th, 2018
Publication: Spring 2018


All manuscripts submission and review will be handled by Elsevier Editorial
System *http://ees.elsevier.com/jpdc* <http://ees.elsevier.com/jpdc>.  All
papers should be prepared according to JPDC Guide for Authors.  Manuscripts
should be no longer than 40 double-spaced pages, not including the title
page, abstract, or references.  It is important that authors select “VSI:
Edu*-2016” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission

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