About PDC Unplugged

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:


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.