Day 8 Philip Emeagwali – 28 days of Black History in Technology


Philip Emeagwali is one of two winners of the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize. The Gordon Bell Prize is awarded by the Association for Computer Machinery in conjunction with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The award is given each year at the Supercomputing Conference to recognize outstanding achievement in high-performance computing applications.

Philip won the award for his use of Connection Machine supercomputer to help analyze petroleum fields. He programmed the Connection Machine to compute a world record 3.1 billion calculations per second using 65,536 processors to simulate oil reservoirs.

The supercomputer contained 4096 nodes with each node consisting of 16 processors.  I’m not sure but this sort of sounds like grid computing, I’m guessing this was Linux, or Unix…LOL

In the caption of this picture on emeagwali’s site it says that he helped give birth to the supercomputer, the technology that spawned the internet.  While he may have achived this awesome accomplishment I don’t think we can she he gave birth to the supercomputer.  On top of that his site also states that he is “Father of the Internet”.  I’m just saying that’s a bit much, but the accomplishment was a great addition to modern computing.


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