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CDER Center

NSF-supported Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum Development and Educational Resources (CDER) is engaged in carrying out the following four synergistic areas of activities.

  • Develop PDC core curricula flexible enough for a broad range of programs and institutions; collaborate with all stakeholders (educators, students, researchers, authors, industry, governments, funding agencies, professional societies and task forces) to maintain currency and facilitate adoption.
  • Develop, collect, and synthesize pedagogical and instructional materials for teaching PDC curriculum topics – including slides, modules, tutorials, lectures, books, testing and evaluation tools.
  • Facilitate access to state-of-the-art hardware and software resources for PDC instruction and training by instructors and students worldwide in following areas:  Hardware architectures - multicores, manycores, shared and distributed memories, high-end machines (in collaboration with NSF-funded national infrastructures, industry, and labs); Program development environments, compilers, debuggers, and performance monitoring and enhancement tools; Sample programs and “industrial-strength” PDC software.
  • Organize and administer competitions for early adopters of PDC curricula (winners receiving stipends, equipment, etc.), organize workshops, special sessions, tutorials, and training sessions to foster awareness and adoption of PDC curricula. 

List of Project Personnel:

  1. Dr. Sushil K. Prasad, Georgia State University, Atlanta (P.I.)
  2. Dr. Anshul Gupta, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (co-P.I.)
  3. Dr. Arnold Rosenberg, Northeastern University, Boston (co-P.I.)
  4. Dr. Alan Sussman, University of Maryland, College Park (co-P.I.)
  5. Dr. Charles Weems, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (co-P.I.)

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