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Largest Prime Number Found - 17,425,170 Digits Long

 
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Largest Prime Number Found - 17,425,170 Digits Long
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The largest prime number has been discovered — and it's 17,425,170 digits long. The new prime number crushes the last one discovered in 2008, which was a paltry 12,978,189 digits long.

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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02/06/2013 12:57 AM
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Re: Largest Prime Number Found - 17,425,170 Digits Long
just checked, they made a mistake in digit 1,489,827, it should have been a "7"
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Re: Largest Prime Number Found - 17,425,170 Digits Long
I won't lie I did not read the article but I will ask this. Can anyone really find the largest prime number? Just as you can't find the highest number. It just keeps going and going so how could it be the largest?
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Re: Largest Prime Number Found - 17,425,170 Digits Long
just checked, they made a mistake in digit 1,489,827, it should have been a "7"
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Re: Largest Prime Number Found - 17,425,170 Digits Long
I won't lie I did not read the article but I will ask this. Can anyone really find the largest prime number? Just as you can't find the highest number. It just keeps going and going so how could it be the largest?
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I agree. It's only a matter of time before they find a higher one.
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