Title: Supercomputer Pioneer
Location : Photo taken from the Detroit Free Press, page 1E, May 29, 1990
Date: May 27, 1990
Print: 8 x 10 color
Copyright: Detroit Free Press
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After 15 years of study and research, Emeagwali won the 1989 Gordon Bell Prize, which has been called "supercomputing's Nobel Prize," for inventing a formula that allows computers to perform fast computations --- a discovery that inspired the reinvention of supercomputers.
He was extolled by then U.S. president Bill Clinton as "one of the great minds of the Information Age" and described by CNN as "a father of the Internet." According to data from overture.com, Emeagwali is the modern scientist most searched-for on the Internet.
Using the computer shown in the background, Emeagwali remotely connected to a massively parallel supercomputer located in the nuclear weapons center called Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico. That supercomputer contains 65,536 processors that are networked together as a twelve-dimensional hypercube. The supercomputer contains 4096 nodes with each node consisting of 16 processors. It is used for nuclear simulations, extracting oil and gas, and studies of the atmosphere. In the 1980s, it was widely believed that it will be impossible to program thousands of processors to outperform conventional supercomputers. In 1988, Emeagwali proved the skeptics wrong by programming all 65,536 processors to perform the world's fastest computation of 3.1 billion calculations per second.
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