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Communicating Process Architectures (CPA)
 Title: Concurrency First (but we'd better get it right!)
 Conference: Communicating Process Architectures 2009
 Authors: Peter H. Welch
School of Computing, University of Kent
 Abstract: 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't hack it! 

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