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Topic: 2^57,885,161 -1
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Frederick Williams

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Re: 2^57,885,161 -1
Posted: Feb 7, 2013 10:17 AM
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Sam Wormley wrote:
> Largest Prime Number Discovered [to date]

> >
> > The number — 2 raised to the 57,885,161 power minus 1 — was
> > discovered by University of Central Missouri mathematician Curtis
> > Cooper as part of a giant network of volunteer computers devoted to
> > finding primes, similar to projects like SETI@Home, which downloads
> > and analyzes radio telescope data in the Search for Extraterrestrial
> > Intelligence (SETI). The network, called the Great Internet Mersenne
> > Prime Search (GIMPS) harnesses about 360,000 processors operating at
> > 150 trillion calculations per second. This is the third prime number
> > discovered by Cooper.

By Cooper or by GIMPS?

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by
this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
Jonathan Swift: Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting

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