Curricula in Concurrency and Parallelism

Sun 8:30-5:00 pm - Southern Pacific C
Vijay Saraswat, IBM TJ Watson Research Center, United States
Kim B. Bruce, Pomona College, United States

The concurrency era has exploded on us. Multicore 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 are the foundation for cloud computing.

There is an urgent need to ensure that newly trained Computer Science graduates are well versed in the principles and practice of concurrent and parallel programming. Hence there is a growing groundswell of interest in revisiting undergraduate and graduate curricular design issues around concurrency.

This workshop aims to bring together practitioners and thinkers to address this topic. This is the second edition of the workshop first run at OOPSLA 09. Like the previous workshop, 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.


2009 Highlights

Robert JohnsonRobert Johnson discusses Facebook’s approach to scalability issues resulting from a large growth of the user base. He talks about: why one needs to prepare for horizontal and not vertical scalability, very short release cycles which are better because they introduce fewer bugs, the need to streamline to deploying process for short release cycles, and making the entire process faster every day.

Watch the video on InfoQ.

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