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UCLA group discovers massive prime number with Windows XP

UCLA group discovers massive prime number with Windows XP

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WindowsXP LOS ANGELES - Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13-million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize.

The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm.

"We're delighted," said UCLA's Edson Smith, the leader of the effort. "Now we're looking for the next one, despite the odds."

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Q.  When did the discovery occur?  What kind of computer was used?

A.  The UCLA Mersenne Prime was reported on August 23, 2008 on a computer named, a Dell Optiplex 745 running Windows XP with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU running at 2.4 GHz.  The name "zeppelin" was part of our Classic Rock Band series of computers.

Glad they weren’t using OS X or Linux.  I’m a PC. I rock Zeppelin.  Grin.

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  • XP was probably perfect for this application.  Short of a text based Linux distro XP has the lowest hardware fingerprint of any of the current OS's.  

  • I'm not impressed until they use Vista.

  • Or on Windows Server HPC running on the new Cray "desktop".  Co'mon, admit it... how many of you went to the Cray site and config'd out a Cray to see how high you could get the price?  I hit 6 digits without even trying.... :-)

  • I sure as hell did!!!

  • I'm a PC and I write software using Visual Studio that works on all the other billions of PC's worldwide.