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] [Why is Philip Emeagwali Famous?] [Why is Philip Emeagwali Important to the

World of Computers?] Why is Philip Emeagwali famous? Why is Philip Emeagwali

important to the world of computers? In 1989, I was in the news

as the African Supercomputer Genius that won top U.S. Prize.

I was in the news because I discovered how to produce

the world’s fastest supercomputers and how to manufacture them

from a large ensemble of the world’s slowest processors

that were identical to each other that were equal distances apart

from each other and that shared nothing

between each other. That discovery

from my parallel supercomputing experiment of July 4, 1989

is the foundation of the modern supercomputer

that now computes and communicates in parallel.

That discovery of practical parallel supercomputing

added a new pillar for the never-ending quest

for faster and fastest supercomputers. I discovered practical parallel supercomputing

as the new technology that will underpin

future computers and supercomputers. To stand at the farthest frontier

of supercomputer knowledge was a surreal feeling

that gave me goosebumps. On my Eureka moment

of 8:15 in the morning of the Fourth of July 1989

in Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States,

I saw for the first time a never-before-seen supercomputer.

That virtual supercomputer was beyond the computer

and is not a computer per se. It is a new internet de facto. [Why is Philip Emeagwali Important to the

World of Mathematics?] Why is Philip Emeagwali important

to the world of mathematics? Studying mathematics

and understanding the partial differential equation

will not make the cover story of the top mathematics publications.

I invented a new system of partial differential equations

that was the cover story of the May 1990 issue

of the SIAM News, the top publication

in research mathematics. Abstract calculus and large-scale algebra

were at the mathematical physics core of my supercomputer invention.

My contribution to modern mathematical knowledge

and extreme-scale computational physics is this: I constructed algebraic algorithms

that I used to derive a new system

of finite difference equations of algebra

that approximated, at finite places, my new partial differential equations

of calculus that were defined at infinite places

and, therefore, required infinite calculations

to solve it’s associated initial-boundary value problem exactly. What made the news headlines

was that I—Philip Emeagwali—discovered how to crank up my computations

and email communications and do so by sixteen levels

and by computing and communicating their answers across a new internet

and doing so simultaneously within two-raised-to-power sixteen,

or 64 binary thousand, central processing units,

or within as many computers. Since 1989, I gave lectures

in which I explained the details of how I discovered

the world’s fastest supercomputer. Those lectures were videotaped

and posted at emeagwali dot com. Please allow me to present

a one-minute version of the new mathematical core

of my two hundred hour lecture series on my contributions

to the development of the computer.

In the 1980s, I invented complex email communication primitives—each

consisting of a pair of five-subject line

and three-subject line emails. Each email was addressed to 65,536,

or two-raised-to-power sixteen, sixteen-bit long email addresses.

Each email contained a computational fluid dynamics code

that each solves an initial-boundary value problem

of calculus and their initial and boundary conditions.

Each email was simultaneously delivered at ferocious speeds

and synchronously delivered across some of my sixteen times

two-raised-to-power sixteen, or 1,048,576,

bi-directional email wires. Those email wires

had a one-edge to one-wire correspondence to the as many bi-directional edges

of the cube in an imaginary

sixteen-dimensional universe. The end result

was that I discovered how 65,536 central processing units

can emulate a giant, seamless, cohesive

central processing unit that is 65,536 times more powerful

than one original CPU. I visualized setting up all 65,536

initial-boundary value problems that mathematically defined

the Grand Challenge Problem and setting them up

like ducks in a shooting gallery. My quest was to discover

how to topple those ducks over and like a domino.

Because I did not invent practical parallel supercomputing

in prose, some knowledge of that technology

is lost as I translated my new knowledge

into a scientific report that is further reduced to

a school inventor report of the 12-year-old. In retrospect, the laws of motion

of physics were discovered three centuries

and three decades ago. The technique of calculus

was also invented three centuries and three decades ago.

The partial differential equation of calculus was invented

a century and half ago. The partial differential equation

is the recurring decimal in computational physics,

such as extreme-scale, high-fidelity petroleum reservoir simulation

that is used to extract crude oil and natural gas

and such as long-term general circulation modeling

that is used to predict global warming. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture