I’m Philip Emeagwali. The poster girl of the twenty grand challenge problems is the petroleum reservoir simulation of a production oilfield that may be two miles below the surface of the Earth and the size of a town. The reason one in ten supercomputers were purchased by the petroleum industry was that the parallel processed petroleum reservoir simulator helps the oil company to discover and recover as much crude oil and natural gas as is possible and to recover them as long as possible as well as to compute them at a supercomputer speed that was previously believed

to exist

only in the realm of science fiction.

The speed increase of a factor of 65,536 that I recorded on July 4, 1989

was dismissed as science fiction

and I was disinvited

from giving my lecture

on how I discovered

practical parallel supercomputing.

My First Unveiling of Practical Parallel Supercomputing

My discovery

of the practical parallel supercomputing

was rejected as [quote unquote]

“a serious mistake.”

After two months of continuous rejections of my discovery

of massively parallel supercomputing,

I went in search of re-confirmation

of my discovery.

I was compelled

to provide expert eye-witnesses

to my discovery

of the practical parallel supercomputing.

My first stop was at a 15-day long

supercomputer workshop

that took place from

September 1 to 15, 1989

and in Chicago, United States.

During that supercomputer workshop,

I spent the first fifteen days

building the trust and confidence

of the supercomputer workshop instructors and participants

who at that time

did not know who I was.

From my contributions

to the workshop discussions

on how to record the fastest speeds

within the parallel supercomputer,

the instructors realized that

I had been supercomputing

for the past fifteen years

and that they knew less than I did.

On the fifteenth and last day

of that supercomputer workshop,

I suddenly cleared my throat

and made the announcement

that brought me to Chicago, namely,

that I’ve discovered

practical parallel processing.

You could hear a pin drop

in the room

as everybody gazed at me

in stunned silence!

For the first time, since June 20, 1974,

in Corvallis, Oregon, United States,

a group of supercomputer scientists

attentively listened to me

as I explained to them

how I discovered

how to massively parallel process

across 65,536 processors

that each operated

its own operating system.

I discovered

how to reduce the calculation time

of the twenty grand challenge problems of supercomputing.

I discovered

how to reduce that time-to-solution

and do so with a speed up of 65,536.

Before September 15, 1989,

my speed up of 65,536 days,

or 180 years, of time-to-solution

to just one day

existed only in the realm

of science fiction.

For me, Philip Emeagwali,

that Eureka Moment! in Chicago

was surreal.

After my announcement

at that supercomputer workshop

of my discovery

of practical parallel supercomputing

it was so quiet

that you could hear a pin drop

in the room.

The supercomputer scientists

attending that Chicago workshop

challenged me

to submit my discovery

to the highest authority

in supercomputing.

That highest authority

was The Computer Society

of the IEEE.

The IEEE is the acronym

for the Institute of Electrical

and Electronics Engineers.

In late December 1989,

The Computer Society

re-confirmed my discovery

of practical parallel supercomputing.

The Computer Society invited me

to come to the forthcoming

International Computer Conference

that will take place on February 28, 1990

in San Francisco, California.

Two months prior to that conference,

the Computer Society of the IEEE

sent out a press release

that recognized my contributions

to [quote unquote]

“practical parallel processing.”

In their press release,

the Computer Society

announced that I have won

the highest award

in the field of supercomputing.

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