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BOF: There Is No More Sequential Programming, So Why Are We Still Teaching It?

Charlie Peck  (Earlham College)
Wen-Mei Hwu  (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
David Kirk  (NVIDIA)
Christoph Lameter  (The Linux Foundation)
Michael Wrinn  (Intel Software College)
HPC Education Session
Monday,  05:30PM - 07:00PM
Room 10B
There have been urgent voices since at least 1995 calling for the introduction of parallel programming into the undergraduate curriculum, yet academic institutions are still teaching sequential programming. This is true despite the fact that all major manufacturers have moved to a many core architecture and current generation CPU, GPU or ASIC designs cannot be efficiently programmed without knowledge of parallel programming. What should we do to train engineers and scientists to exploit the modern compute platform? This panel debates this issue and kicks off a working group of academic and industry experts that will develop and recommend a practical means for creating an undergraduate curriculum with parallelism at its core. Come to participate in the discussion and to ensure that your voice is heard.
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