Looking around for all of the stories around HPC has brought me to this site which has the history and evolution of SuperComputing all in a simple page of A4. Gordon Bell from Microsoft Research has written it all up here, the top bits have to include:

- Supercomputing-A_Brief_History_1965_2002

- Paths and cul de sacs on the endless road to supercomputing

The direct link is: http://research.microsoft.com/users/gbell/Supercomputing_&_CyberInfrastructures.htm   

Now I am not saying this is all ideal content for your next 'Best Mans Speech' but it is an interesting read to see where we have come from and have a glimpse at where we are going! Enjoy...!