BEIJING Intel Corp is expanding its multicore programming effort in China, signing up another 35 universities to train students in multi-core development.
That brings the total number to 37 universities that Intel is helping to design curriculums, research and training programs. The announcement came as Intel said it would also launch a National Multi-Core Programming Contest in China, in which the winner will take home about $6500 three to four months salary for many engineers.
"The joint multicore labs established by Intel and the Chinese universities will help integrate multi-core technology in teaching and research conducted in universities in order to cultivate more technical talents," said Wee Theng Tan, president of Intel China.
Intel started the pilot program for multicore programming at five of China's top universities, including Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University and Fudan University. As part of the expansion, Intel will train professors for one week and then give the schools licenses for software development tools. It will also provide some funding as well as hardware.
The rapid expansion of the program comes as multicore processors quickly proliferate throughout the industry, yet programmers for multicore systems are at a premium. That's why Intel is significantly ramping up its efforts across Asia.
In China, it hopes to have multicore programming curriculums in 100 universities within five years. "It's not going to be easy but we need the universities to jump on it. We see a big gap developing in the universities now and we have to close that," said Julia Zhu, an education manager at Intel.
Intel is also running similar programs in other parts of Asia, such as India where it has 35 universities signed up. It wants to have 235 Asian universities participating in the program by the beginning of next year.