Date: Feb 15, 2013 1:58 PM
Author: Joe Niederberger
Subject: Re: Largest Known Prime Number Discovered

Wayne writes:
>I know even less about the GIMPS project but my guess is that, because of such tests, the algorithms involved don't even look at anything else. Does anyone out there know?

Poking around on the GIMPS site and landed here:
http://www.mersenne.org/various/math.php

As the author of that page states: "I will not go into too much mathematical detail but will try to provide pointers instead." But he's being modest, there's plenty of math there to get an overview.

Cheers,
Joe N