%T Concurrency First (but we\[rs]d better get it right!)
%A Peter H. Welch
%E Peter H. Welch, Herman Roebbers, Jan F. Broenink, Frederick R. M. Barnes, Carl G. Ritson, Adam T. Sampson, G. S. Stiles, Brian Vinter
%B Communicating Process Architectures 2009
%X This talk considers how and when concurrency should be
taught in an undergraduate curriculum. It is to provoke
discussion, which may later (if there is interest) become a
theme for the Panel Session at the end of the conference
(Wednesday morning). My presentation will focus on what we
are doing at Kent (where concurrency has been taught as a
full module for the past 23 years). Our belief is that
concurrency is fundamental to most aspects of computer
science (regardless of the push arising from the onset of
multicore processors). It can and should be taught at the
beginning at the same time as and a necessary and
natural complement to sequential programming. But the
concurrency model being taught better be right ... and
threads\-and\-locks won\[rs]t hack it!
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