Largest prime number found

CIO Today:

"A team of researchers at Central Missouri State University has discovered the largest known prime number, university officials said Tuesday. "

...The team programmed 700 university computers to run the program years ago, Boone said. In mid-December, he said they found the world's largest prime number, known as M30402457. That's the same as 2 to the 30,402,457th power minus one, a number that is 9.1 million digits long.

"We're super excited," said Boone, a chemistry professor. "We've been looking for such a number for a long time."

Cool. Now what?

Via Jaz (who looks like a muppet).

Comments (2)

  1. Travis Owens says:

    1. Install hijack ware on every student’s PC

    2. Compute for X years

    3. Discover largest prime number

    4. ?

    5. Profit!

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