What is PDC Unplugged?
PDC Unplugged is a free resource for educators looking to integrate more PDC into their classrooms. We curate a collection of unplugged activities from the literature and around the web. Educators are free to use whichever activities they please, provided that they cite the source papers and PDC Unplugged.
How to Contribute
To contribute, please follow instructions on the contribute page.
How to Cite
To cite a particular activity, please use the citation information that is listed at the bottom of that activity’s page.
Please use the following citation for PDC Unplugged:
S. J. Matthews. “PDCUnplugged: A free repository of unplugged parallel & distributed computing activities”, in 2020 IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops (IPDPSW), May 2020. to appear
Other free resources for PDC
There are many other great free resources for PDC Education. Here are a few:
CSinParallel: CSinParallel has numerous free resources for teaching and learning PDC, including several modules that educators can use right away in their classrooms. Workshops at SIGCSE and in the summer enable educators to get hands-on experience learning how to integrate parallelism into their classrooms.
CDER: The Center for Parallel and Distributed Computing Development and Educational Resources (CDER) offers free courseware, an annual summer training program, and a textbook series (published by Springer) to aid educators in teaching parallel and distributed computing topics.
Dive Into Systems: Educators may also find Dive into Systems useful for teaching parallel and distributed computing topics. The free on-line textbook is a recipient of a 2019 SIGCSE Special Projects Award, and includes chapters relates to C programming, Shared Memory Programming, and an overview of other PDC topics.
Special thanks to Joel Adams, Elizabeth Shoop and Richard Brown of CSinParallel for offering advice as this work was put together.
This work is sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) Collaborative Research Grant DUE-1855761. Collaborative Research: CSinParallel: Experiential Learning of Parallel and Distributed Computing through Sight, Sound, and Touch.