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Largest Ever Marsenne Prime Number Discovered
2013-02-06 09:22:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The largest known prime number was recently discovered on the computer of Curtis Cooper, a Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) volunteer. The new number is 2 raised to 57,885,161 power minus 1 (or 2 multiplied by itself 57,855,161 times minus one) and it has 17,425,170 digits. The GIMPS project is the second longest continuously-running "grassroots supercomputing" project in Internet history, with 360,000 CPU's peaking at 150...

2008-09-29 18:00:12

By - The Associated Press LOS ANGELES - Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13- million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize. The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm. "We're delighted," said UCLA's Edson Smith, the leader of the effort. "Now we're looking for the next one, despite...

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2008-09-28 18:10:00

A team of mathematicians at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has discovered the world's largest known prime number.  The 13-million-digit Mersenne prime number, discovered last month with the help of 75 networked Windows XP computers, has stirred widespread interest and represents the achievement of long-sought milestone.  "We're delighted," UCLA's Edson Smith, the leader of the effort, told the AP. "Now we're looking for the next one, despite the odds." Independent...

2006-01-04 07:23:26

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Researchers at a Missouri university have identified the largest known prime number, officials said Tuesday. The team at Central Missouri State University, led by associate dean Steven Boone and mathematics professor Curtis Cooper, found it in mid-December after programming 700 computers years ago. A prime number is a positive number divisible by only itself and 1 - 2, 3, 5, 7 and so on. The number that the team found is 9.1 million digits long. It is a Mersenne...


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