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Democratizing Parallel Computing, Democratizing Education: Teaching a MOOC About GPU Computing
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Modern graphics processing units, or GPUs, herald the democratization of parallel computing. Today's GPUs not only render video game frames, they also accelerate astrophysics, video transcoding, image processing, protein folding, seismic exploration, computational finance, radio astronomy, heart surgery, self-driving cars - the list goes on and on. It is imperative that we teach students parallel computing: they will inherit a world in which there exists no other kind. Meanwhile, the world of education is being shaken up by massively online open courses, or MOOCs, that offer a democratization of education. Universities and companies suddenly offer high quality courses over the internet - for free! - to anybody in the world. John Owens (UC Davis) and David Luebke (NVIDIA) have been teaching a MOOC focused on GPU computing. The Udacity course has over 40,000 register students from over 130 countries. This session will present their experience and thoughts on GPUs, MOOCs, and parallel computing education.

 
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GTC Silicon Valley
Year:
2014
Session ID:
S4705
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