World's Largest Known Prime Number Found Through Distributed Computing

AGodspeed

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http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1003-200-8159590.html

Using a computer with an 800MHz chip from Advanced Micro Devices, Michael Cameron found the prime number on Nov. 14, according to Entropia. The San Diego company sells software to enable "distributed computing," which harnesses the unused processing abilities of computers scattered across the Internet.

This is even cooler because I just joined the SETI effort. Way to go! :)

EDIT: Thanks to dnetmhz from Distributed Computing for the heads up.
 

nuttervm

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no offense dude, but this was posted on slashdot about a week or two ago at least....


but to provide a little more information i thought it was interesting to know that the number is over six million digits long. can you imagine how long it would take to write that digit by hand? its something like (2^245678435) -1 ...or something equally insane.

and in terms of the practical value of this (unlike some other distributed net projects) this has a direct and immediate use in our world. crypto needs large prime numbers to generate authentication keys.
 

Soccerman

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hmm...

I seem to remember a program that was working on primes.. can't remember though..
 

ElFenix

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that number was so big that it crashed this dinky pentium 233 i'm on :D