[hpc-announce] CALL for PEACHY COURSE ASSIGNMENTS - EduPar 2018 at IPDPS, Vancouver, Canada

Sushil K. Prasad sushil.prasad at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 09:03:08 CDT 2018




*EduPar-18: 8th NSF/TCPP Workshop on Parallel and Distributed Computing
Education (EduPar-18)*

*JW Marriott Parq Vancouver*

*Vancouver, Canada, May 21, 2018*


EduPar 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 2011, EduPar has been held successfully against the backdrop of the
IPDPS, a major conference focusing on parallel and distributed computing.
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, EduPar 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" (

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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: 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 EasyChair in the
EduPar 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 (


Submission deadline: March 19, 2018
Author notification: March 22, 2018
Conference registration deadline March 27, 2018

The organizing committee for EduPar-18 includes:

•        Workshop Chair: Sushil Prasad (Georgia State University)

•        Program Chair: Martina Barnas (Indiana University)

•        Proceedings Chair: Satish Puri (Marquette University)

•        Peachy Assignments Coordinator: David Bunde (knox College)

The program committee includes:

  • Joel Adams, Calvin College

  • Ioana Banicescu, Mississippi State University

  • Mark Boshart, Tennessee Tech University

  • Jeffrey Carver, University of Alabama

  • Chris Cox, NGA

  • Niloy Ganguly, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

  • Victor Gergel, Nizhni Novgorod State University

  • Sheikh Ghafoor, Tennessee Technological University

  • Nasser Giacaman, The University of Auckland

  • Domingo Gimenez, University of Murcia

  • Anshul Gupta, IBM Research

  • Alexandru Iosup, VU Amsterdam

  • David Kaeli, Northeastern University

  • Kishore Kothapalli, International Institute of Information Technology,

  • Krishna Kant, Temple University

  • Andrew Lumsdaine, PNNL

  • Yanick Ngoko,  Qarnot Computing, France

  • Virginia Niculescu, Babes-Bolyai University

  • Peter Pacheco, University of San Francisco

  • Manish Parashar, Rutgers University

  • Cynthia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories

  • Mike Rogers, Tennessee Tech University

  • Noemi Rodriguez, PUC-Rio

  • Arny Rosenberg, Northeastern University

  • Krishnendu Roy, Valdosta State University

  • Jawwad Shamsi, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging

  • Rudrapatna Shyamasundar, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai

  • Violet Syrotiuk, Arizona State University

  • Alan Sussman, University of Maryland

  • Jerry Trahan, Louisiana State University

  • Ramachandran Vaidyanathan, Louisiana State University

  • Frédéric Vivien, INRIA

  • Charles Weems, University of Massachusetts

  • Michael Wrinn, Omics Data Automation

  • Michael Heroux, Sandia & St. John’s University

  • Scott Sellars, NSF

  • Karen Karavanic, Portland State University

  • Jeremy Iverson, College of Saint Benedict | Saint John’s University
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