New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Computers in Education
Recently, present Obama issued an Executive Order to ensure the United States’ leadership in computing. Computing has been advanced to High Performance Computing (HPC) in the past decades, necessary skills including both hardware and software design should be introduced into university curricula. However, undergraduate students are still lacking of experience in how HPC functions, because our current computing curricula do not adequately cover HPC contents. To solve this problem, a team of faculty members obtained external funding aiming at improving undergraduate computing education through enhanced courses and research opportunities in a minority-serving institution. The goal was to incorporate HPC concepts and training across the computing curricula in multiple disciplines in order to motivate students’ interests in computing and improve their computing problem-solving skills, thus strengthening and diversifying the future U.S. workforce. This three year project already finished the second year of implementation. During the first year, a diverse environment was established with HPC cluster and embedded HPC platforms. Both platforms supported students’ research projects in parallel programming, embedded systems design, and data cloud. In the second project year, several courses has been revised or developed across three departments: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Engineering Technology. New course materials integrating parallel and distributed computing concepts were developed and offered to undergraduate students. Project-based learning skill was introduced into the classroom. More advanced concepts, such as computer vision and machine learning were able to be explored in undergraduate research. At the same time, the research results were disseminated in junior and senior level courses. Furthermore faculty members are considering effective pedagogy to teach new generation computing. Evidence-based approaches were applied into one of the computing courses. For all the classes involved in this project, class surveys were collected to guide future development. This article shares the current outcomes and findings of the project.
Cui, S., & Wang, Y., & Li, L., & Peng, X., & Yalvac, B. (2016, June), Introducing High-Performance Computing to Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25453
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