HP Donates $2 M to Support University Teaching of IA-64

HP is providing grants to four universities, totaling more than $2 million in cash and equipment, to fund the teaching of Explicitly Parallel Instruction-set Computing (EPIC). EPIC is the foundation for IA-64 (Intel Architecture-64 bit), a next-generation computer architecture developed jointly by HP and Intel.

The grants will support the teaching of EPIC principles at California State University, Los Angeles; the Georgia Institute of Technology; North Carolina State University; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The grant recipients are:

  • Professor Thomas M. Conte, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, North Carolina State University, for classroom and distance-learning course modules, classroom technology and textbook writing;
  • Professor Wen-Mei W. Hwu, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Coordinated Science Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for classroom and distance-learning course modules, classroom technology and textbook writing;
  • Professor Krishna V. Palem, Center for Research in Embedded Systems and Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, for classroom technology and modules, laboratory modules and manuals, and teacher-training materials; and
  • Professor Nancy J. Warter-Perez, School of Engineering and Technology, California State University, Los Angeles, for laboratory and classroom modules for dissemination via the Internet.

The HP EPIC Architectures Initiative in Computer Science, a program sponsored by HP's University Grants Program, will fund curricula for training a new generation of computer engineers and software designers in EPIC-related concepts and will encourage the development of advanced technologies. Curriculum elements developed by the award recipients will be made widely available.