This module was created as an entry for the 2008-'09 Open Education Cup: High Performance Computing competition. The competition was supervised by Dr. Jan Erik Odegard, Executive Director of the Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology at Rice University. It was submitted to the "Parallel Algorithms and Applications" category and specifcally designed as an introduction to the subject targeting intermediate grade school students to collegiate undergraduates who have little knowledge of High Performance Computing (HPC).
This module received the "Best Module" award for the "Parallel Algorithms and Applications" category which included a US $500 prize.
Those who reviewed the entries for the competition made some suggestions for improvement and most have been incorporated into this revised edition of the module. As always; my thanks to them and all others who make suggestions for improving educational materials.
Kenneth Leroy Busbee