SCHEDULE: NOV 10-16, 2012
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Python for Parallelism in Introductory Computer Science Education
SESSION: Python for Parallelism in Introductory Computer Science Education
EVENT TYPE: HPC Educator
TIME: 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Presenter(s):Steven A. Bogaerts, Joshua V. Stough
Python is a lightweight high-level language that supports both functional and object-oriented programming. The language has seen rapid growth in popularity both in academe and industry, due to the ease with which programmers can implement their ideas. Python's easy expressiveness extends to programming using parallelism and concurrency, allowing the early introduction of these increasingly critical concepts in the computer science core curriculum. In this two-hour session we describe and demonstrate an educational module on parallelism and its implementation using Python's standard multiprocessing module. We cover such key concepts as speedup, divide & conquer, communication, and concurrency. We consider how these concepts may be taught in the context of CS1 and CS2, and we provide extensive hands-on demonstrations of parallelized integration, Monte Carlo simulations, recursive sorting schemes, and distributed computing.
Steven A. Bogaerts - Wittenberg University
Joshua V. Stough - Washington and Lee University