In March 2011, Intel Taiwan hosted a workshop with the Taiwan Ministry of Education on parallel computing as part of its commitment to accelerate the countries competitiveness as a leading centre of innovation for the global IT industry. The event is an example of the partnerships with Taiwan’s government, industry and education system which were first announced last year by Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini, and part of Intel’s mission to promote technology innovation and research at universities around the world.
The event, held at the National Tsing Hua University, in partnership with the Embedded Software Consortium and the National Center for High-Performance Computing (NCHC), was attended by 40 core faculty members from 20 universities. The workshop sought to engage Taiwan’s core parallel computing faculty to develop parallel computing programs to keep Taiwan’s technical talent at the forefront of global competitiveness.
Intel believes that nurturing talent through the advancement of the education system will increase national competitiveness and ultimately power future economic growth through innovation. “The cultivation of talent has been designated a high priority for all educators. To encourage universities to adopt new technology to strengthen their competitiveness, we are happy to collaborate with Intel to build capabilities in parallel computing. Through this collaboration, we can cultivate more talent and carry out advanced research projects” said Dr. Ching-Ji Wu, Minister of Education.
“The new era of computing is creating exciting opportunities for innovation and Intel is supporting Taiwan in its efforts to be ready to participate in the new growth opportunities for the computing industry. Workshops such as this support the development of a continued pipeline of high-tech talent that uses the leading-edge computer and software engineering technology” said Deborah Yen, Intel Taiwan Corporate Affairs Director.
At the event Intel presented technical material and exchanged ideas with the leading professors to accelerate the advancement of university curriculum on parallel computing. In addition, Intel will provide training material and access to the advanced testing platform – Manycore Testing Lab, a state-of-the-art 32-core environment for developing and testing parallel computing applications, helping the core faculty to develop a portfolio of scalability examples for use in teaching and increase students practical experience with the technology.