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EduPDHPC workshop at SC-13

Technical Program

Workshop on Parallel, Distributed, and High-Performance Computing


Undergraduate Curricula (EduPDHPC)

Nov 18, 2013


In conjunction with Sc-13: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Nov 17-22, 2013

Denver, Colorado, USA



Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) has become pervasive, from supercomputers and server farms containing multicore CPUs and GPUs, to individual PCs, laptops, and mobile devices. Even casual users of computers depend on parallel processing nowadays. It is now necessary for every computer user - and especially every programmer - to understand how parallelism and distributed computing affect problem solving. It is now essential to impart a range of PDC knowledge and skills at various levels within the educational fabric woven by Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), and related computational curricula. Companies and laboratories need people with these skills and are finding that they must do extensive on-the-job training. However, rapid changes in hardware platforms, languages, programming environments, and advances in research increasingly challenge educators to decide what to teach and how to teach it, in order to prepare students for careers that are increasingly likely to involve PDC.

This workshop invites unpublished manuscripts from academia, industry, and government laboratories on topics pertaining to the needs and approaches for augmenting undergraduate education in Computer Science and Engineering, Computational Science as well as computational courses of STEM and business disciplines with PDC and high performance computing (HPC) concepts.

The workshop is particularly dedicated to bringing together stakeholders from industry (both hardware vendors and employers), government labs, funding agencies, and academia in the context of SC-13, so that each can hear the challenges faced by the others, can learn the various approaches to these challenges, and can generally have opportunities to exchange ideas and brainstorm solutions.  In addition to contributed talks, this workshop will feature panels, special sessions, and invited talks on opportunities for collaboration, resource sharing, educator training, internships, and other means of increasing cross-fertilization between industry, government, and academia, without "eating the seed corn."  Proposals for panels and special sessions are also welcome.

This effort is in coordination with NSF/TCPP curriculum initiative on Parallel and Distributed Computing and the Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum Development and Educational Resources (CDER).

 Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

1. Pedagogical issues in incorporating PDC and HPC in undergraduate education, especially in core courses

2. Novel ways of teaching PDC and HPC topics

3. Experience with incorporating PDC and HPC topics into core CS/CE courses

4. Pedagogical tools, programming environments, infrastructures, languages, and projects for PDC and HPC

5. Employers’ experiences with and expectation of the level of PDC and HPC proficiency among new graduates.


Papers: Authors are asked to submit 6-8 page papers in pdf format through the EasyChair submission site at choosing its “Paper” track.  Submissions should be formatted as single-spaced double-column pages using 10-point size font on 8.5x11 inch pages (IEEE conference style), including figures, tables, and references. See style templates for details. Papers will be published on the conference website.

LaTex Package   Word Template 


Sept 20, 2013: Paper submission deadline

Oct 15, 2013: Author notification

Oct 30, 2013:  Camera-ready paper deadline

Panels: Prospective organizers are asked to submit a proposal in PDF format through the EasyChair submission site at choosing its “Panel” track. Upload a single PDF file that describes the panel, which may include such information as description of the panel topic or position statements by the panelists. You must convince us that the panel will truly be an interactive session and not a series of presentations. Explain why the panel will attract a good audience and why the audience will feel that the panel was beneficial. Suggested length for this file is 1-2 pages.  Use font and style as for papers noted earlier.

Special Sessions: A session will consist of 2-3 talks on a coherent theme spanning about an hour. Organizers are asked to submit a proposal in pdf format through the EasyChair submission site at choosing its “Special Session” track. Use font and style as for papers noted earlier. Upload a single PDF file (1-2 pages) that describes the session: (i) session goals - specifically how attendees will benefit, (ii) target audience, (iii) why the topic is relevant to workshop and SC attendees, (iv) general description of session content, and (v) links to resume or curriculum vitae for each presenter.


Sept 30, 2013: Proposal for panels or special sessions submission deadline

Oct 15, 2013: Notifications for panels/special sessions



Workshop Chair:

Sushil K. Prasad, Georgia State University

Program Committee :

Allen, Gabrielle, Louisiana State University

Banicescu, Ioana, Mississippi State University

Dehne, Frank, Carleton University

Gopalakrishnan, Ganesh, University of Utah

Gupta, Anshul, IBM Research

Hong, Bo, Georgia Institute of Technology

Juedes, David, Ohio University, School of EECS

Kaeli, David, Northeastern University

Kothapalli, Kishore, International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad

Lathrop, Scott, Shodor

Pacheco, Peter, University of San Francisco

Padua, David, University of Illinois

Parashar, Manish, Rutgers University

Prasad, Sushil, Georgia State University

Rosenberg, Arnold, Northeastern University

Sekharan, Chandra, Loyola University Chicago

Sussman, Alan, University of Maryland

Vivien, Frédéric, INRIA

Wang, Cho-Li, The University of Hong Kong

Weems, Charles, University of Massachusetts

Wrinn, Michael, Intel