Integrating Parallel Computing in the Curriculum of the University Politehnica of Bucharest

  • Mihai Carabaş
  • Adriana Drăghici
  • Grigore Lupescu
  • Cosmin-Gabriel Samoilă
  • Emil-Ioan SluşanschiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11339)


The continuous shift of hardware computing architectures, from single to many-core processors, as well as the blurring of the hardware - software interface, has made the introduction of parallel and distributed computing topics in the undergraduate curriculum an essential requirement for any quality computer science program. The University Politehnica of Bucharest offers a unique approach, employing a heterogeneous hardware and software teaching and computing infrastructure, to its over 450 students enrolled in undergraduate studies of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. In this study we present two of the most important lectures covering PDC topics at the UPB.


Parallel programming Python Performance optimization GPU computing PDC Undergraduate education 



The authors would like to thank Professor Nicolae Tăpuş, Alexandru Herişanu, Răzvan Dobre, Vlad Spoială, Dan Dragomir, Alexandru Olteanu, and Voichiţa Iancu for their valuable contributions to the CSA and PPA curriculum. This work is partially supported by project Sovarex, ID: 10PS/2017.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihai Carabaş
    • 1
  • Adriana Drăghici
    • 1
  • Grigore Lupescu
    • 1
  • Cosmin-Gabriel Samoilă
    • 1
  • Emil-Ioan Sluşanschi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.University Politehnica of BucharestBucharestRomania

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