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EduHPC-15: Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing

 EduHPC-15: Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing

Mon, Nov 16, 2015 

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Room: Hilton Salon K

Workshop Website

Workshop Website at SC15 

Held in conjunction with SC-15: The International Conference on High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

Nov 15-20, 2015 

Technical Program


Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) along with High Performance Computing (HPC)  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 and HPC 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This workshop invites unpublished manuscripts from academia, industry, and government laboratories on topics pertaining to the needs and approaches for augmenting undergraduate and graduate education in Computer Science and Engineering, Computational Science, and computational courses for 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-15, 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 the 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 and graduate 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

6. Education resources based on higher level programming languages such as PGAS, X10, Chapel, Haskell, Python and Cilk, and emerging environments such as CUDA, OpenCL, OpenACC, and Hadoop  

7.  Parallel and distributed models of programming/computation suitable for teaching, learning and workforce development.


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 (ACM format), including figures, tables, and references. See style templates for details. Paper will be published in the conference workshop proceedings. 

Author Instructions

LaTex Package   Word Template 


Sept 7, 2015: Paper submission deadline (extended)

Sept 25, 2015: Author notification

Oct 9, 2015:  Camera-ready paper deadline

Panels: Prospective organizers are asked to submit a proposal in PDF format through the EasyChair submission site at The panel proposal should be submitted with the title in the following format: "PANEL: Actual_Title". 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 proposal 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 The special session proposal should be submitted with the title in the following format: "SPECIAL SESSION: Actual_Title". 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 21, 2015: Proposal for panels or special sessions submission deadline

Oct 16, 2015: Notifications for panels/special sessions


Organizing Committee:

Anshul Gupta, IBM Research
Sushil Prasad, Georgia State University
Arnold Rosenberg, Northeastern University
Alan Sussman, University of Maryland
Charles Weems, University of Massachusetts

Workshop Chair:     Sushil K. Prasad, Georgia State University

Program Chair:       Ioana Banicescu, Mississippi State University

Proceedings Chair:  Satish Puri, Georgia State University

Program Committee:

Henri Bal, Vrije Universiteit
Martina Barnas, Indiana University Bloomington
Virendra  Bhavsar, University of New Brunswick
Andrey Brito, Universidade Federal de Campina Grande
Scott Buck, Intel
David  Bunde, Knox College
Florina Ciorba, University of Basel
Debzani Deb, Winston-Salem State University
Frank Dehne, Carlton University
Akshaye Dhawan, Ursinus College
Diana Franklin, UC Santa Barbara
Eric Freudenthal, University of Texas at El Paso
Victor Gergel, Nizhni Novgorod State University
Sheikh Ghafoor, Tennessee Tech
Nasser Giacaman, The University of Auckland
Domingo Gimenez, University of Murcia
Ganesh Gopalakrishnan, University of Utah
Ajay Gupta, Western Michigan University
David Juedes, Ohio University
David Kaeli, Northeastern University
Ananth Kalyanaraman, Washington State University
Helen Karatza, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Karen Karavanic, Portland State University
George Karypis, University of Minnesota
Kishore Kothapalli, Indian Institute of Information Technology Hyderabad
Alexey Lastovetsky, University College Dublin
Andrew Lumsdaine, Indiana University
Brandeis Marshall, Spelman College 
Henry Neeman, University of Oklahoma

Edusmildo Orozco, University of Puerto Rico
Peter Pacheco, University of San Francisco
Manish Parashar, Rutgers University
Sathya Peri, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
Cynthia Phillips, Sandia National Laboratories
Thomas Rauber, University Bayreuth
Noemi Rodriguez, PUC-Rio de Janeiro
Gudula Ruenger, Chemnitz University of Technology
Erik Saule, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Chandra Sekharan, Loyola University Chicago
Jawwad Shamsi, FAST National University
Chi Shen, Kentucky State University
Suzanne Shontz, University of Kansas
Rudrapatna Shyamasundar, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
Leonel Sousa, Universidade de Lisboa
Srishti Srivastava, University of Southern Indiana
Michelle Strout, Arizona State University
Nitin Sukhija, Mississippi State University
Violet Syrotiuk, Arizona State University
Michela Taufer, University of Delaware
Dominique Thiebaut, Smith College
Denis Trystram, Grenoble Institute of Technology 
Frédéric Vivien, INRIA, France   
Susan Wang, Mills College
Michael Wrinn, Intel