Posted by: Armel | April 28, 2008

PHILIP EMEAGWALI

                         

EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW WHO PHILIP EMEAGWALI IS BY NOW

A NIGERIAN AMONG THE FOUNDING FATHERS of the INTERNET

From CNN:  Philip Emeagwali, a computer scientist, is one great example. He uses his mathematical and computer expertise to develop methods for extracting more petroleum from oil fields.

It was his formula that used 65,000 separate computer processors to perform 3.1 billion calculations per second in 1989. That feat led to computer scientists comprehending the capabilities of supercomputers and the practical applications of creating a system that allowed multiple computers to communicate. He is recognized as one of the fathers of the Internet.

Supercomputers range in price from $30 million to $100 million, and computer companies had reservations about building them for fear few agencies would make such pricey purchases.

“At that time, the argument was, ‘We shouldn’t build computers that way because who can program them?’ ” said Emeagwali, who is also a civil engineer. “I answered that question by successfully programming them.”

Future applications for Emeagwali’s breakthroughs with the use of data generated by massively parallel computers include weather forecasting and the study of global warming .

More Links

YouTube – Philip Emeagwali – Technology Keynote Speaker

http://emeagwali.com/

http://www.emeagwali.com/education/inventions-discoveries/

http://emeagwali.com/africa/south-africa/drum.html

http://www.emeagwali.com/usa/michigan/practical-mathematics-supercomputers-
detroit-free-press.html

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