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] [How I Recorded the Fastest Computation] Back in 1974,
supercomputer coding was like rubbing rocks
until they caught fire. But after fifteen years
of daily supercomputer coding, the process of coding
an ensemble of processors became easier.
As a research computational mathematician, I translated my new calculus
into my new algebra. And I translated my new algorithms
for solving my new algebra into my new codes.
And I translated my new codes from the blackboard
to the motherboard. And I emailed my new codes across
a global network of 64 binary thousand motherboards
that, in turn, defined my new internet. Supercomputing across my new internet was
like translating the Bible that was written only in the Latin language
and translating that Bible into my ancestral Igbo language
and then mailing 65,536 copies
of that Igbo version of the Bible to as many Igbo-speaking persons
in my ancestral hometown of Onitsha (Nigeria).
Just as I had to have a command knowledge of the Latin and the Igbo languages
in order to translate that Bible, I had to similarly
have a command knowledge of physics and mathematics and computers
in order to translate across those fields. My computational speed increased
by a factor of two-raised-to-power sixteen
because I used emails that I sent to and received from
sixteen-bit long addresses. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture