Read More: How a FedEx employee discovered the world’s largest prime number https://www.popsci.com/worlds-largest... “Pace first became interested in searching for primes back in 2003, when he read an article about the discovery of the 40th known Mersenne prime— a special kind of prime number, and a rare, numerical creature.”
Largest prime number ever found has over 23 million digits https://www.newscientist.com/article/... “The new prime number, known as M77232917, is one million digits larger than the previous record. It is also a particularly rare type of prime called a Mersenne prime, meaning that it is one less than a power of two.”
Welcome to GIMPS, the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search https://www.mersenne.org/ “GIMPS was founded in 1996 by George Woltman. The software ran on Intel i386 systems using hand-tuned assembly code for the critical calculations, resulting in highly optimized Lucas-Lehmer code. It wasn't long before GIMPS had its first discovery in November of that same year, showing the effectiveness of distributed computing in harnessing spare computer cycles in a coordinated effort.”
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