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Topic: 2^57,885,161 -1
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Sam Wormley

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2^57,885,161 -1
Posted: Feb 6, 2013 5:13 PM
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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.

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