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Curricula for Concurrency

Guy L Steele, Jr, Sun Microsystems Laboratories
Vijay A Saraswat, IBM TJ Watson Research Center

The concurrency era has exploded on us. Multi-core systems are now everywhere — in our laptops, desktops, graphic cards, video game consoles. Symmetric multi-processors and clusters dominate the server and high performance computing market and will be the foundation for the emerging cloud computing future.

There is an urgent need to ensure that newly trained Computer Science graduates are well versed in the principles and practice of concurrent programming. Hence there is a growing groundswell of interest in revisiting undergraduate and graduate curricular design issues around concurrency (e.g. a session at the Microsoft/UW Concurrency Summit in August 08, an invited talk at PPoPP in February 08, a workshop of invited speakers at ASPLOS in March 09).

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and thinkers to address this topic. It will be organized around the presentation of position papers selected by the PC, and a panel discussion. The results of the workshop will be made available online.

Details on how to participate in this workshop can be found at: http://concurrencypedagogy.ning.com/
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