Scientist Vinay Deolalikar
On August 8 of this year, Vinay Deolalikar, Principal Research Scientist in HP’s Storage and Information Management Platforms Lab in Palo Alto, published a scientific proof on "P not equal to NP” available here as an
HP Labs Technical Report
. His discovery has generated excitement among computer scientists worldwide, and has garnered coverage on traditional media sites (business and tech trades), scientific blogs, and Twitter. Deolalikar's work is going through the peer review process, and if correct, will answer a 50-year unsolved problem in the computer science field. This problem is so intractable that the Clay Mathematics Institute will award a $1 million (US) prize to the person who solves it. It is one of only seven problems, collectively known as the
Millennium Prize Problems
for which the institute has offered this prize.