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] [The First Fastest Modern Supercomputer] The secret

to how I experimentally discovered how and why

massively parallel processing makes modern computers faster

and makes the new supercomputer the fastest

is cerebral, not instrumental. I had to know my instrument

that is a global network of processors, or that is a new internet,

and know that instrument both forward and backward.

I had to own the knowledge of extreme-scale computational physics,

not merely know physics. I had to own the knowledge of

extreme-scale algebra, not merely know algebra.

I had to own the knowledge of the partial differential equation

of modern calculus, not merely know calculus.

I had to own the knowledge of the parallel processing supercomputer,

not merely know the sequential and/or the vector processing supercomputer.

The Fourth of July 1989, the US Independence Day,

was the day I experimentally discovered the parallel processing supercomputer

that computes across my ensemble of

65,536 commodity processors that were the building blocks

of a new supercomputer. My ensemble of processors

is a new internet de facto. I owned the new supercomputer

because I experimentally discovered it as a new supercomputer

that is the world’s fastest computer. On the Fourth of July 1989,

I knew my new supercomputer as the fastest computer in history

while other supercomputer scientists knew my new supercomputer

as the slowest computer in the world. When you’ve discovered something,

such as a new supercomputer, that was previously unknown to anybody

you own it, not know it. And when you give your first lectures

on your groundbreaking supercomputer discoveries, such as the first fastest calculations

executed across a parallel processing supercomputer,

the jaws of the naysayers that said parallel processing

is a waste of everybody’s time must drop.

By definition, a groundbreaking supercomputer discovery

should make the news headlines across the world.

I was in the news headlines in Saudi Arabia, Kenya, Nigeria,

and other countries. I was in the June 20, 1990 issue

of The Wall Street Journal because I experimentally discovered

how and why massively parallel processing

makes modern computers faster and makes the new supercomputer

the fastest and because I experimentally invented

how to use that new supercomputer knowledge

to build a new supercomputer. And most importantly,

I privately felt it in my bones that I—Philip Emeagwali—

made a contribution to the development of the computer. [Extreme-Scale Algebra] I experimentally discovered

massively parallel processing by evenly dividing my system of

24 million equations of algebra

that was a world record on the Fourth of July 1989,

the US Independence Day, that was the day

that I discovered how to massively parallel process

across a new internet that is a global network of

commodity-off-the-shelf processors that were identical

and that were equal distances apart.

I evenly divided my extreme-scale initial-boundary value problem

of computational physics and modern mathematics

and divided them across my 65,536

commodity processors. Then I assigned to each processor

the computational task of processing or solving

an equal-sized subset of problem that comprised of

a system of three hundred and sixty-six [366] equations

of algebra. Due to memory limitations,

it was impossible for me to store and solve

two subsets of three hundred and sixty-six [366] equations

and to store and solve them entirely and within one processor.

And it was impossible to store or to cram

those 24 million algebraic equations into the slowest processor

of the year 1989. So, I had no choice but to solve

such extreme-scale problems arising in modern algebra

and solve them across a new internet that is a global network of

65,536 commodity processors that were identical

and that were equal distances apart.

In other words, my hero’s quest to the terra incognita

of supercomputer knowledge was to find the new supercomputer

that was hidden in the bowels of my sixteen-network-deep

ensemble of processors and email wires. I experimentally discovered

that new parallel processing supercomputer and I invented that technology

by emailing each subset of my initial-boundary value problem

that was algebraically approximated and that comprised of

a system of three hundred and sixty-six [366] equations

of modern algebra and emailing each subset

in sixteen directions that are mutually perpendicular

and to two-to-power sixteen email addresses.

Each of my email addresses was a unique string of sixteen zeroes

and ones that had no @ sign

in its middle and no dot com at its end.

That is, I sent my 65,536 five-subject-line emails

not only outward and along the sixteen directions

of my sixteen-network-deep internet but I also received my emails

as three-subject-lined emails from those sixteen directions.

I sent my 64 binary thousand emails simultaneously

and from as many processors and I received my emails synchronously

and from as many processors. [Seeing the Unseen Cosmic Internet] I visualized the surface of that sphere

as delineated in the manner the surface of a soccer ball

is delineated. The vertices and the edges

of my delineated sphere has a one-to-one correspondence

to the vertices and the edges of the truncated icosahedron

that’s well known to solid geometers. I used the vertices and the edges

of the truncated icosahedron as my metaphors

for my topological template and as the geometrical kernel

for the initial configuration of the first theorized internet

that I invented in the 1970s. I named my theorized internet

a HyperBall. The cohesion and contextualization

around my new hyperball internet developed over sixteen years,

onward of June 20, 1974, and developed over its

two-to-power sixteen processors

and developed over its sixteen times

two-to-power sixteen bi-directional email wires

that married those processors as one new, cohesive, whole supercomputer.

My Eureka! Moment of discovery occurred at the speed of light

but my journey to that moment was made at the pace of a snail. [Wild applause and cheering for 17 seconds] Insightful and brilliant lecture