November 13, 2009
Nov. 13 -- Connexions, in cooperation with the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008-2009 Open Education Cup. The competition, introduced during the SC08 conference, challenged educators and researchers to produce open access education and training modules on various aspects of high performance computing. The winners, Tim Stitt, Ph.D., of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) and Kenneth Leroy Busbee of Houston Community College, each received $500 cash prizes.
Stitt is the category winner for "Parallel Programming Models and Languages." His module, "An Introduction to the Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Programming Model," impressed the judges as a cogent description of an important programming methodology. "We were very appreciative of the quality of his explanations, and particularly liked the up-to-date material about the Asynchronous PGAS languages at the end of the module," said Jan Odegard, the Open Education Cup leader. Stitt's winning module can be found online at http://cnx.org/content/m20649/latest/. Stitt is the author of seven Connexions modules and one Connexions collection.
Busbee is the category winner for "Parallel Algorithms and Applications." His module, "Understanding High Performance Computing," is a broad introduction to the basics of parallel computing, including a history of the field. "One nice thing about this module is that it includes both materials and concepts for beginners and for their teachers. We really liked that, since it spoke to the contest goal of providing education at all levels," remarked Charles Koelbel, one of the contest judges. Busbee's winning module can be found online at http://cnx.org/content/m19804/latest/. Busbee is the author of 160 Connexions modules and three Connexions collections.
Stitt was also awarded the prize for Best Overall Module for his module "An Introduction to the Partitioned Global Address Space (PGAS) Programming Model." The prize for the award is an Nvidia C1060 card. "In terms of clarity, content, and topicality, this module stood out from the rest," said Odegard.
In addition to these winning entries, the Open Education Cup provided a trove of high-quality parallel programming material to Connexions. In 1998, O'Reilly published "High Performance Computing" by Kevin Dowd and Charles Severance. The book, while still relevant, has since gone out of print, with the publisher assigning copyright back to the authors. As a result, Severance is now in the process of re-publishing the book in Connexions. The Connexions team is working on bringing this to fruition. "We’re very excited about the Dowd-Severance contribution to Connexions and expect that a vibrant community will soon grow around their excellent content,” commented Connexions founder Richard Baraniuk. A significant part of Severance 's book can now be accessed at http://cnx.org/content/col11136/latest/, with additional material being added over the next several weeks.
The Open Educaton Cup initiative was sponsored by BP, WesternGeco, Nvidia, Total, Sun and Chevron. More information about the Open Education Cup can be found at http://openeducationcup.org, and a listing of material associated with this first competition can be found at http://cnx.org/lenses/hpcopenedcup/material.
Source: Connexions; Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology
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