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April 20, 2011

CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



Valentine receives $1,500 Intel micro-grant        


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – David Valentine, interim dean of the College of Business, Information and Social Science and a professor of computer science, has received a $1,500 micro-grant from the Intel Academic Community.

           Valentine submitted “Making Parallelism ‘Nifty,’” was selected for the top prize in the first of three grant cycles the microprocessor company has planned. Ultimately, the project should publish material on the Academic Communities Educational Exchange that computer science educators can use in their undergraduate courses.  

           “I am tickled and honored by the award,” Valentine said.

           The award has also drawn the interest of Paul Steinberg, host of the “Teach Parallel” show that airs on ISN TV. Steinberg has invited Valentine to be his guest May 3, with the interview handled through Skype, a video-phone system available on the Web.

            The micro-grant program was started this spring by Intel to help promote teaching "parallel processing" in the undergraduate computer science curriculum, Valentine said

“We are all buying multi-core processers – quad core is the current standard. But very few folks are writing the software to take advantage of the multiple cores. So it is like pulling three spark plugs out of your four-cylinder engine and just using the one cylinder,” he said.


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