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Professors Baker, Farrell and Nesterenko Awarded NSF/Intel Parallelism Curriculum Grant

Posted Aug. 24, 2011

Professors Johnnie W. Baker, Paul A. Farrell, and Mikhail Nesterenko received an award inducting them into the NSF/TCPP Fall 2011 Early Adopter program. The NSF/TCPP program is supported by the Intel Academic Community and NSF.


This program enables select university professors around the world to revamp undergraduate Computer Science and Engineering curricula to better prepare students to take advantage of tomorrow's multi- and many-core technology. Students, who benefit from the inclusion of such state-of-the-art topics in their curriculum, will future-proof their skills and be at an advantage in competing for rewarding careers in the marketplace, which increasingly will require software that is optimized for multi- and many-core environments.

The proposal involves introducing appropriate parallel and distributed computing (PDC) topics into a number of core courses in Computer Science such as CS I, Operating Systems, Design & Analysis of Algorithms and Systems Programming; the planning of curriculum revisions for others; and the creation of a parallel and distributed concentration at Kent State. Materials produced will be shared with the Academic Community, which is producing new curriculum standards for incorporating PDC into the core computer science curriculum.