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] [Contributions of Philip Emeagwali to Algebra] The first automatic

and sequential processing supercomputer that was programmable

was invented in 1946. That first supercomputer

was invented to be programmed to solve

a large system of equations of algebra

that arose from the finite difference discretizations

of ordinary differential equations of modern calculus

that, in turn, encoded a set of laws of physics.

What made the sequential processing supercomputer of 1946 unique

was that it computed automatically and was, therefore, programmable.

Fast forward twenty-eight [28] years from that first supercomputer,

and to June 20, 1974, in Corvallis, Oregon,

and I was programming the first supercomputer

that could execute over one million instructions per second.

I used that first supercomputer to solve the largest-scale problems

arising in modern algebra. Fast forward fifteen [15] years,

and to the Fourth of July 1989, I was in a dozen supercomputer centers

across the United States and I was programming

the first massively parallel processing supercomputer that could execute

billions of calculations and execute them across

my ensemble of up to 65,536 tightly-coupled processors. [Why is Philip Emeagwali Famous?] My invention

of a new supercomputer put me in the news headlines

and in the June 20, 1990 issue of the Wall Street Journal.

I was the cover story of the June 1990 issue

of the SIAM News. The SIAM News

is the top mathematics publication and is published by

the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

The cover stories in the SIAM News report new inventions in mathematics

and they are written by research mathematicians

and written for research mathematicians. In the cover story of the SIAM News

of June 1990, it was reported that I—Philip Emeagwali—

had mathematically invented how to solve the toughest problems

arising in modern calculus and arising in extreme-scale algebra

and invented how to solve them across a new ensemble of 65,536

commonly available processors. I invented

how to use that new supercomputer to solve many problems at once

and to solve the largest-scaled problems arising in modern algebra. [Contributions of Philip Emeagwali to Physics] On the Fourth of July 1989,

the state-of-the-art of that toughest problem in modern algebra

was a system of 24 million equations of algebra

that arose from my finite difference discretizations

of a system of partial differential equations that I invented

that mathematically encoded a set of laws of physics

that governs the subterranean motions of crude oil, injected

water, and natural gas that flows one mile-deep

underneath the surface of the Earth and that flows from water injection wells

towards crude oil and natural gas production wells.

I visualized my new instrument of computational physics

as a new internet that I defined

as my new global network of 65,536 tightly-coupled

commodity-off-the-shelf processors with each processor

operating its own operating system and with each processor

having its own dedicated memory that shared nothing with each other.

I visualized my new internet as a new instrument

for solving the most extreme-scaled

problems arising in algebra and for solving them

as one seamless, cohesive unit that is a new supercomputer de facto.

The defining feature of my invention

of that new internet was that the new technology

enabled me to compute synchronously and to communicate automatically

and to do so via emails that I sent to and received from

two-to-power-sixteen sixteen-bit long email addresses.

Each of my 64 binary thousand email addresses

had no @ sign or dot com suffix. [Sometimes, the Impossible is Possible] Back in 1989,

no author of any mathematics textbook understood the concept of

solving many problems at once, or in parallel.

Back in 1989, Seymour Cray

was the spokesman for the supercomputer community.

If Seymour Cray’s granddaughter came to him for help

with her homework assignment on how to solve

many mathematical problems at once, Seymour Cray

would not have been able to help her

to solve her problem in parallel. The reason was that Seymour Cray

ardently believed that the supercomputer technology

that I invented that enables parallel processing across

my ensemble of 65,536 tightly-coupled processors

was impossible and science fiction. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture