A week long extensive course on Multi Core technologies was conducted at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur, from June 30th to July 5th, 2008. The workshop was sponsored by Intel India Higher Education Program and conducted in collaboration with Computer Science and Engineering Department of IIT Kanpur. Forty senior engineering faculties from reputed technology institutions were selected by Intel Higher Education to participate in the workshop, the workshop was held to benefit the participants in order to systematically integrate Multi Core curriculum in their respective institutions. The aim of this workshop was also to help in research work in the field of software parallelization and advanced computer architecture.
The workshop focused on "Program Optimization of Multi Core architectures" with extensive lectures and laboratory component. The course will help the participating faculties upgrade their skills and knowledge on Multi Core technologies and further help their institute in systematic integration of Multi Core Curriculum in engineering education. During the workshop participants developed a large multi threaded application on Multi Core machines using Intel tools. The key components of the summer course are as follows:
Introduction to multi-core architectures
Issues involved into writing code for multi-core architectures
How to develop programs for these architectures
What are the program optimizations techniques
How to build some of these techniques in compilers
OpenMP and other message passing libraries, threads, mutex etc
Prof. Sanjeev Agarwal, Professor at IIT Kanpur and convener of the course said that, engineering education faculty professional development is very important for reaching out to students and in integration of Multi Core curriculum, thanks to Intel for their continued support for faculty development programs in India
"It was great opportunity to be in India's top engineering institution, and it was a great experience to learn about Multi Core from eminent Multi Core researches at IIT Kanpur, thanks to Intel and IIT Kanpur for providing us this opportunity
Mr. Jimmy Jose, Lecturer Computer Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala.