President Bill Clinton’s Recognition of the Contribution of Philip Emeagwali to the Supercomputer


TIME magazine called him
“the unsung hero behind the Internet.” CNN called him “A Father of the Internet.”
President Bill Clinton called him “one of the great minds of the Information
Age.” He has been voted history’s greatest scientist
of African descent. He is Philip Emeagwali.
He is coming to Trinidad and Tobago to launch the 2008 Kwame Ture lecture series
on Sunday June 8 at the JFK [John F. Kennedy] auditorium
UWI [The University of the West Indies] Saint Augustine 5 p.m.
The Emancipation Support Committee invites you to come and hear this inspirational
mind address the theme:
“Crossing New Frontiers to Conquer Today’s Challenges.”
This lecture is one you cannot afford to miss. Admission is free.
So be there on Sunday June 8 5 p.m.
at the JFK auditorium UWI St. Augustine. [Wild applause and cheering for 22 seconds] [Inventing Practical Parallel Supercomputing] Loosely speaking, parallel supercomputing
is akin to multitasking with millions upon millions
of processors. Humans want to be gods
that perform organ transplants and IVF (or In Vitro Fertilization)
and euthanasia (or dignified death). I believe that
the planetary-sized supercomputer that I first conceived in 1974
and that I described in my lectures of the early 1980s
will take us closer to creating the golden calf,
the God that our post human descendants
of Year Million will worship. Perhaps, the God
post humans could try to revive as their all-powerful ruler.
The deity that will control the minds
of post humans. The deity
that could become the planetary super brain
of our Year Million post-human descendants. 10.2.1 Recognition From President Bill Clinton My two test-bed problems
were grand challenge initial-boundary value problems
that arose from extreme-scale computational fluid dynamics.
In the general circulation modeling of the motions of fluids
that enshroud the Earth, three-dimensional
circularity exists by definition. But in the simulation
of the motions of the fluids inside a production oilfield
that is the size of a town, the crude oil, injected water,
and natural gas that flows one mile deep
and flows into and from each petroleum reservoir
comes from the petroleum reservoirs that bounded it, except for the first
and the last petroleum reservoirs. Again, I visualized the entire oilfield
that I was simulating and that is the size of a town
as divided into sixty-five thousand five hundred and thirty-six [65,536]
equal-sized oilfields. Please allow me to introduce myself.
On August 26, 2000, then U.S. President Bill Clinton
talked about the contribution of Philip Emeagwali
to the development of the computer. In the days following President
Bill Clinton’s televised speech, I was inundated with enquiries
about my contribution to supercomputing.
A few days later, The Guardian newspaper of Nigeria
wrote an eight-page spread on my contributions
to the development of the computer. Despite that eight-page
newspaper profile, I needed eighty thousand [80,000] pages
to fully tell my story. Where do I begin my story?
Do I begin with the laws of physics? Or do I begin
with the technique of calculus? Or do I begin with algebra
that was the bridge between physics and calculus?
At a scientific conference, I introduced myself as a large-scale
computational algebraist that figured out how to put algebra
on the world’s fastest supercomputer and in service to physics and calculus
as well as to society. [Parallel Supercomputing 30,000 Years into
One Day] My discovery
of the parallel supercomputer that occurred on the Fourth of July 1989
that made the news headlines broke new grounds because
I was the first person to figure out how to harness a new internet
that was a new global network of a million, or even a billion,
commodity-off-the-shelf processors that were tightly-coupled
and that were identical to each other. I figured out
how to harness a billion processors and use them
to solve grand challenge problems that were once-impossible to solve.
That parallel supercomputer that was then science fiction
became a reality and a new computing machinery
that was not a computer per se but that was a new internet de facto.
The important lesson is this: we cannot invent a new computer
without also inventing a new computer science.
Nor can we invent a new calculus without also extending
the frontiers of knowledge and doing so at the
interdisciplinary cross road where mathematics and physics met.
The genius is the ordinary person
that found the extraordinary in the ordinary
and her grand challenge is to solve the toughest problem
and do so as if it wasn’t tough. [What is Philip Emeagwali Famous for Inventing?] Back in 1989,
I was in the news headlines because I discovered that the massively
parallel supercomputer is a tool that makes it possible
for us to ask a grand challenge question and get the answer in only one day,
instead of in a thousand centuries. In computational physics,
a problem that takes 180 years of time-to-solution
is a grand challenge problem. That computation-intensive problem
is solvable in 180 years but is unsolvable in only one day. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture

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