The widespread deployment of multicore-based computer systems over the last decade has brought about substantial changes in the software and hardware landscape. Yet, most undergraduate computer science curricula have not embraced the pervasiveness of parallel computing. In the first years of a typical CS program, the students are exclusively trained to think and program sequentially. To address this shortcoming, we have implemented an early-and-often approach for integrating parallelism into the undergraduate curriculum at Texas State University. Under this approach, parallel computing concepts are added to existing topics and reiterated through a series of short, self-contained modules across several lower-division courses. Most of these concepts are then combined into a newly designed senior-level capstone course on multicore programming. Preliminary assessment indicates that this early-and-often approach is effective at enhancing student learning outcomes and increasing student interest and confidence.

This workshop was organized to introduce the early-and-often approach to faculty at higher education institutions in the Central Texas region. The workshop had participants from eight different institutions.

Benefits to workshop participants include
  • an introduction to the early-and-often approach and an overview of available teaching resources
  • a hands-on tutorial on teaching specific modules in a lower-division course
  • an interactive session for planning the implementation of the early-and-often approach at the participants institution
  • opportunity to network with other faculty interested in integrating parallel computing at nearby institutions
  • post-workshop support with the teaching of modules and curriculum enhancement

Dr. Burtscher discusses the pedagogy of teaching a parallel module in CS II


Jun '15: Qasem speaks at HPC Workshop at Prairiw View A & M

Oct '14: Paper accepted at SIGCSE15

Oct '14: Short paper accepted at EduHPC14 (co-located with SC14)

Aug '14: First regional workshop held at Texas State

May '14: Call for participation in first regional workshop

Mar '14: Qasem serves as penelist in SIGCSE special session on PDC

Nov '13: Poster presented at Supercomputing conference

Sep '13: Paper accepted at EduPDHPC13

Aug '13: Qasem participates in CSinParallel Four Corners Workshop

Jul '13: Qasem receives Early Adopter grant

Mar '13: Qasem presents at NSF Showcase at SIGCSE13

Jan '13: Five new modules implemented

Aug '12: Burtscher receives Early Adopter grant


Apan Qasem (PI)
Department of Computer Science
Texas State University
601 University Dr
San Marcos, TX 78666

Office: Comal 307A
Phone: (512) 245-0347
Fax: (512) 245-8750
E-mail: apan "AT" txstate · edu