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Computer Science Department

Four Faculty Selected for NSF/IEEE-TCPP Initiative

Four Computer Science faculty -- Steven Bogaerts, Brian Howard, Scott Thede, and Gloria Townsend -- were selected as early adopters of the NSF/IEEE-TCPP curriculum initiative on parallel and distributed computing .  This competitive award, made through the NSF-supported Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum Development and Educational Resources (CDER) office, will be used to integrate topics from the NSF/IEEE-TCPP curriculum initiative on parallel and distributed computing (PDC) into multiple core and elective courses throughout the DePauw University computer science curriculum, including Computer Science I, Data Structures, Computer Systems, Parallel Programming and Advanced Algorithms, and Programming Languages .

In the proposal Dr. Bogaerts states “the principle goal of our work as early adopters will be to prepare our students for the impending ordinariness of parallel and distributed computing (PDC). With even low-budget desktop computers attesting to the ubiquity of hardware support for parallelism, it is clear that PDC is too important to relegate to an upper-level elective or two. Rather, recognizing that “early and often” is the key to mastery, PDC concepts must be integrated throughout the curriculum in a level-appropriate manner, while taking care not to harm coverage of traditional course content. Our work as early adopters will be an important step in continuing to prepare our students for these developments in the discipline.”