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Intel & NIIT Partner to Launch Intel Multi-Core Training Program Globally

NEW DELHI, India, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Intel and NIIT today announced the launch of a Multi-Core training curriculum that has been developed jointly and will be deployed by NIIT globally. As industry transitions from single- core processors to Multi-Core, software developers will need a new set of skills to design and develop software that harnesses the full potential of these processors.

NEW DELHI, India, June 26 /PRNewswire/ — Intel and NIIT today announced the launch of a Multi-Core training curriculum that has been developed jointly and will be deployed by NIIT globally. As industry transitions from single- core processors to Multi-Core, software developers will need a new set of skills to design and develop software that harnesses the full potential of these processors.

According to industry estimates, the global software developer population is expected to grow by 34% to 17.1 million, by 2009. NIIT, in association with its training partners, will offer the Intel Multi-Core training program to this developer community globally.

Speaking at the launch event, Mr. Scott Apeland, Director, Developer Network and Web Solutions, Intel Corporation said, "The power of Multi-Core processors to increase software performance is incredible, but not automatic. The full potential of Multi-Core processors is best unleashed when software is designed to take advantage of the power of multiple cores. This evolution of processing technologies has brought the software developer and architect community to a phase where they need to re-look at their existing skill-sets."

The Multi-Core training curriculum offers basic and advanced training – from an initial overview of Multi-Core, to a working experience of parallel programming, including the intricacies of multi-threaded programming and performance optimization. The curriculum has been designed to empower developers with key diagnostic skills and specialized threading tools, which will allow rapid deployment of correct and efficient parallel applications.

According to Mr. Ashish Basu, President, Knowledge Solutions Business, NIIT, "This unique alliance brings together Intel's expertise in Multi-Core technology and NIIT's ability to deliver this training to the software development community, globally."

The Multi-Core training program will be delivered using NIIT's reach in 32 countries, and its subsidiary Element K in the US & Canada.

To further enhance the penetration of training, NIIT is partnering with Intel(R) Software Training Providers in Australia, Germany, South Korea and the UK — Training Choice, Tria GmBH, Samsung SDS and QA-IQ, respectively. Other training partners include NETRON and Aribil in Turkey; and Academy IT and LANIT in Russia.

The launch of this curriculum follows a long-standing relationship that NIIT has with Intel. Earlier in August 2005, following an alliance with Intel to train 50,000 developers on Intel technologies, the Intel(R) VTune(TM) Performance Analyzer course was embedded into the GNIIT curriculum, resulting in 20,000 developers completing this training by the end of 2007.

This global launch is another important element in Intel's over-all initiative to prepare the software industry for Multi-Core programmers and NIIT's mission of Global Talent Development.

In addition to this new curriculum, Intel offers a comprehensive portfolio of resources to facilitate software developers to take advantage of Multi-Core processors, including a full suite of development tools for Multi-Core processors, an online Multi-Core developer community via the Intel(R) Software Network, a Multi-Core University Initiative that delivers Multi-Core curricula to thousands of students in more than 200 universities worldwide, and the Intel(R) Software Partner Program to engage software organizations worldwide.

Additional information about the Multi-Core training curriculum is available at http://www.intel.com/software/college.

About Intel

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom.

About NIIT

NIIT, a Global IT Training major, offers learning and knowledge solutions in 32 countries. NIIT, together with Element K, is now the first and the best choice for comprehensive learning solutions, worldwide. IDC has ranked NIIT as one of the top 20 Global IT Training Market Leaders, and it is the only Asian based Company to earn that distinction.

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About Element K

Element K delivers learning solutions for customers and partners through a tailored combination of catalog learning products, technology and services supporting the learning needs of the Corporate, Government, Education and Training Center markets. The company's proven training methodologies and wide spectrum of content are delivered through a variety of formats, including self-paced online courses, vLab(R) hands-on labs, instructor-led courseware, comprehensive e-reference libraries, technical journals, and KnowledgeHub(TM), the company's hosted learning management platform. Element K employs over 700 professionals. For more information, please visit http://www.elementk.com.

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