George Woltman

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George Woltman, computer scientist and noted prime number hobbyist, in 1993.

George Woltman (born November 10, 1957) is the founder of the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS), a distributed computing project researching Mersenne prime numbers using his software Prime95. He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a degree in computer science. He lives in North Carolina. His mathematical libraries created for the GIMPS project are the fastest known for multiplication of large integers, and are used by other distributed computing projects as well, such as Seventeen or Bust.[1]

He also worked on a TTL version of Maze War while a student at MIT. Later he worked as a programmer for Data General.

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  1. ^ "Seventeen or Bust Distributed Computing".

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