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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. Sushil K. Prasad, University of Texas at San Antonio (P.I.)
  2. Sheikh Ghafoor, Tennessee Tech University (co-P.I.)
  3. Anshul Gupta, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (co-P.I.)
  4. Alan Sussman, University of Maryland, College Park (co-P.I.)
  5. Neena Thota, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (co-P.I.)
  6. Arnold Rosenberg, Northeastern University, Boston (co-P.I.)
  7. R. (Vaidy) Vaidyanathan, Louisiana State University (co-P.I.)
  8. Charles Weems, University of Massachusetts, Amherst (co-P.I.)

Senior Personnel:

  1. Martina Barnas, Indiana University
  2. Trilce Estrada,  University of New Mexico
  3. Debzani Deb, Winston Salem State University
  4. David Bunde, Knox College
  5. Krishna Kant, Temple University
  6. Erik Saule, University of North Carolina and Charlotte
  7. Kunal Agrawal, Washington University in Saint Luis

NSF Award Links: 

Toward Parallel and Distributed Computing into Core Curriculum of CS/CE Undergraduates (2011-15) - 

Collaborative Research: CI-ADDO-NEW: Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum Development and Educational Resources (2012-19) -

Collaborative Research: CyberTraining: Conceptualization: Planning a Sustainable Ecosystem for Incorporating Parallel and Distributed Computing into Undergraduate Education (2019-23) -

Collaborative Research:CyberTraining:Implementation:Medium: Broadening Adoption of Parallel and Distributed Computing in Undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering Curricula (2020-24) -

Collaborative Research: CyberTraining:Implementation:Medium: Modern Course Exemplars infused with Parallel and Distributed Computing for the Introductory Computing Course Sequence (2023-26) -