February 06, 2013

That's Big, Right?
Posted by scott at February 06, 2013 06:35 AM

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A "grassroots supercomputing" project has produced the largest known Mersenne prime number. The project has been grinding away at finding these things for seventeen years. The number itself is 2 times 57,885,161 minus 1, and has more than seventeen million digits. And if you understand what all that means, I applaud you. Meanwhile, time to go caption some cats...

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