[hpc-announce] Call for Peachy Course Assignment for EduHPC-18 [Submission Deadline September 7]

Erik Saule esaule at uncc.edu
Thu Aug 30 09:54:31 CDT 2018

EduHPC is looking for submission of assignments covering some parallel
computing or high performance computing topics. See attached CfP.

Are your HPC/Parallel Computing assignments Peachy?




*EduHPC-18: Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing (EduHPC-18)*


*Dallas, Texas*

*Co-located with SC18*

*November 11, 2018*


EduHPC provides a global forum for exploring new ideas and experiences
related to a seamless inclusion of PDC topics in a CS/CE and related
curricula primarily at undergraduate levels, but also at K-12 and graduate
levels, and in informal settings. To provide some historical perspective,
since 2013, EduHPC has been held successfully against the backdrop of the
SC, the main conference for all things HPC.
This effort is in coordination with the NSF/TCPP curriculum initiative (
http://www.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum ) for CS/CE undergraduates supported
by NSF and its NSF-supported Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing
Curriculum Development and Educational Resources (CDER). For more
information about the workshop, including list of topics of interest,
please see

*PEACHY PARALLEL ASSIGNMENTS*: Course assignments are integral to student
learning in computing and also play an important role in student
perceptions of the field. Instructors love to give exciting assignments
that highlight important applications while emphasizing important
principles and techniques. Unfortunately, creating great assignments is
time-consuming and even our best efforts do not always succeed.  With this
in mind, EduHPC is introducing a session showcasing "Peachy Parallel
Assignments" - high-quality assignments, previously-tested in class, that
are readily adoptable by other educators teaching topics in parallel and
distributed computing. This effort is inspired by "Nifty Assignments" (
http://nifty.stanford.edu ).

We invite submissions of "Peachy Parallel Assignments" to highlight in this
special session.  Assignments may be previously published, but the author
must have the right to publish a description of it and share all supporting
materials. We are seeking assignments that are

1) Tested - All submitted assignments should have been used successfully in
a class.

2) Adoptable - Preference will be given to assignments that are widely
applicable and easy to adopt.  Traits of such assignments include coverage
of widely-taught concepts, using common parallel languages and
widely-available hardware, having few prerequisites, and (with variations)
being appropriate for different levels of students.

3) Cool and Inspirational - Peachy assignments should be fun and inspiring
for students.  They encourage students to spend time with the relevant
concepts.  Ideal assignments are those that students want to demonstrate to
their roommate.

Assignments can cover any topics in Parallel and Distributed Computing.

*Peachy Assignment Track*:
Initial submissions should be a 1-page PDF document
describing the assignment and its context of use. What is the main idea?
What concepts are covered?  Who are its targeted students?  In what context
have you used it?  What prerequisite material does it assume they have
seen?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?  Are there any variations
that may be of interest?

This initial description should be submitted through Linklings in the
EduHPC Peachy Assignments track.


If accepted, authors will be asked to submit their (a) 1-page camera-ready
paper, and (b) a poster to be presented and published on the workshop
website, and (c) assignment (the file actually given to students) and any
supporting materials (given code, etc.) to be archived and maintained on
CDER courseware repository (
https://grid.cs.gsu.edu/~tcpp/curriculum/?q=courseware_management ).

Publication through IEEE TCHPC. EduHPC is currently investigating
the possibility of including the Peachy Assignment as part of the
proceedings published through IEEE TCHPC in one form or
another. Contact us for more information.

*Regular Paper Track*: EduHPC is also seeking submissions of papers on
the education of High Performance Computing, Parallel and Distributed
Computing, Data Science, and Computational Sciences. See details at:

Peachy Assignment submission deadline: Friday, September 7, 2018 (11:59 pm Anywhere on Earth)
Peachy Assignment Author notification: Monday, September 24, 2018
Peachy Assignment Camera Ready: Monday, October 1, 2018

Abstract Submission deadline: Monday, August 20, 2018 (11:59 pm Anywhere on Earth)
Paper Submission deadline: Monday, August 27, 2018 (11:59 pm Anywhere on Earth)
Paper Author notification: Monday, September 24, 2018
Paper Camera-ready paper deadline: Friday, October 5, 2018

Early conference registration deadline: Friday, October 12, 2018

Workshop: Sunday, November 11, 2018

Contact: dbunde at knox.edu about Peachy Assignments,
         or esaule at uncc.edu about EduHPC in general

The organizing committee for EduHPC-18 includes:

Workshop Chair: Sushil Prasad (Georgia State University, USA)
Program Chair: Erik Saule (University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA)
Program Vice Chair: Debzani Deb (Winston-Salem State University, USA)
Peachy Assignments Coordinator: David Bunde (Knox College, USA)

The program committee includes:

Joel Adams, Calvin College, USA
David Bunde, Knox College, USA
Bruce Char, Drexel University, USA
Javier Cuenca, University of Murcia, Spain
Joshua Eckroth, Stetson University, USA
Trilce Estrada, University of New Mexico, USA
Nickolas Falkner, University of Adelaide, Australia
Samantha S. Foley, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
Nasser  Giacaman, University of Auckland, New Zealand
Alfredo Goldman, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, University of Utah, USA
Anshul Gupta, IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, USA
Devangi Parikh, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Julio Sahuquillo, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Jawwad Shamsi, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Pakistan
Gokarna Sharma, Kent State University, USA
Elizabeth Shoop, Macalester College, USA
Jean-Marc Vincent, Grenoble Alpes University, France

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