Elements S3 • E19

Why Do We Need a 23 Million Digit Prime Number?





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Published on Sep 29, 2018

Finding the biggest prime number might not only have applications in computing, it could also win you some serious money. Here’s how.

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How a FedEx employee discovered the world’s largest prime number
“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
“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
“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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