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gblowfish 02-06-2013 09:13 AM

University of Central Missouri Math Whiz!
 
UCM used to be called CMSU (Central Missouri State University) in Warrensburg. When I was in school, we called it "Call Me Stupid University."

Anyway, math whiz at UCM discovers the largest known prime number, 17 million digits long. Wow!

Story is here in the Manchester, England Guardian newspaper:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/al...million-digits

Stewie 02-06-2013 09:34 AM

Writing a program to compute prime numbers efficiently is CS 101. You just need the computer horsepower to crunch the numbers and sit back and wait.

GloryDayz 02-06-2013 09:45 AM

First in with, "Can he play QB?"

Mr_Tomahawk 02-06-2013 12:41 PM

...and still a virgin.

Bump 02-06-2013 12:43 PM

please tell me he was a janitor and solved the problem on a board in the hallway.

gblowfish 02-06-2013 01:32 PM

Here's a Yahoo Story about it:
http://news.yahoo.com/largest-prime-...165757465.html

Brainiac 02-06-2013 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stewie (Post 9382093)
Writing a program to compute prime numbers efficiently is CS 101. You just need the computer horsepower to crunch the numbers and sit back and wait.

You would be correct if you hadn't included the word "efficiently" in your statement. The algorithm they teach you in CS 101 works just fine for numbers as big as this one. That is, it works just fine if you have billions of years to do the computations.

That's why this is getting attention. He used a different technique that's far more efficient (and complex) than just dividing every potential prime number candidate by every other number smaller than itself.

frankotank 02-06-2013 02:15 PM

so....gblowfish....you're a jackass too?

Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan 02-06-2013 02:16 PM

Score one for the Alma Mater!

gblowfish 02-06-2013 03:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by frankotank (Post 9382781)
so....gblowfish....you're a jackass too?

Nope. But many of my pals are Jackasses or Jennies.

In my youth I had a lot of fun in Warrensburg, especially when I was in High School. Great place to spend a Friday and Saturday night. Lots of pretty girls.

digger 02-06-2013 03:50 PM

This the guy?
http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/j/MSNBC/Co...otoblog600.jpg

theelusiveeightrop 02-06-2013 04:30 PM

Can he throw a 3 yard dump off to DMC?

CrazyPhuD 02-06-2013 04:38 PM

Damn it really is time to bring out the gimp......

Quote:

The network, called the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) harnesses about 360,000 processors operating at 150 trillion calculations per second.

TribalElder 02-06-2013 04:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Misplaced_Chiefs_Fan (Post 9382784)
Score one for the Alma Mater!

Yeah that!


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