SIGCSE 2015 Special Session:
This is the resources page for the special session on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 10:45 AM - Noon
Presenters: Joel C. Adams, Calvin College; Jacob Caswell, St. Olaf College; Suzanne J. Matthews, United States Military Academy; Charles Peck, Earlham College; Elizabeth Shoop, Macalester College; and David Toth, Centre College
In response to the shift to multicore processors, the ACM-IEEE CS2013 curriculum recommendations  include parallel and distributed computing (PDC) as a new core knowledge area. Some of the key concepts in PDC are the distinctions between shared-memory, distributed-memory, and heterogeneous system architectures.
Most CS educators would agree that providing students with hands-on experience improves their students' learning. Given the ubiquity of multicore processors, it is quite easy to give today's students hands-on experience developing software on shared-memory architectures. By contrast, providing students with hands-on experience developing software for distributed architectures has typically required access to a Beowulf cluster, whose price was beyond the reach of many institutions. However, hardware manufacturers have recently begun producing a variety of inexpensive "system on a board" multiprocessors. Creative CS educators are using these multiprocessors to design and build inexpensive Beowulf clusters, and using them to provide students with hands-on experience with shared-memory, distributed-memory, and heterogeneous computing paradigms.
In this special session, four PDC educators and a student will bring, present, and demonstrate their innovative Beowulf clusters; each designed and built using a different inexpensive multiprocessor board.
Outline of the session
*** Link to this resource page: http://www.cs.stolaf.edu/beowulfs/ ***
Brief introduction (10:45) -- Joel Adams
Lightning talks (10:48)
Slides (Acrobat (PDF) 19.2MB Feb24 15)
- StudentPi and StudentParallella
Suzanne Matthews, United States Military Academy
Raspberry Pi nodes; Parallella nodes; 3D-printed frames. More...
- PIs To Go
Jacob Caswell, St. Olaf College
Raspberry Pi 2 nodes; briefcase container More...
- HSC-1 and HSC-2
David Toth, Centre College
CubieBoard2 nodes; ODROID-U3 nodes; plasticware containers.
Elizabeth Shoop, Macalester College
NVIDIA Jetson TK1 nodes; metal standoffs
Charlie Peck, Earlham College
Intel 4-core Celeron nodes with integrated GPU; custom frame. More...
Group questions and answers (11:10) -- Joel Adams
Show and Tell (11:35) -- all presenters
Audience members interact with presenters and their clusters