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+ - New largest known prime number found: 2^57,885,161-1-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "ORLANDO, Florida — On January 25th at 23:30:26 UTC, the largest known prime number, 257,885,161-1, was discovered on Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search (GIMPS) volunteer Curtis Cooper's computer. The new prime number, 2 multiplied by itself 57,885,161 times, less one, has 17,425,170 digits. With 360,000 CPUs peaking at 150 trillion calculations per second, 17th-year GIMPS is the longest continuously-running global "grassroots supercomputing"[1] project in Internet history."
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New largest known prime number found: 2^57,885,161-1

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  • As usual, someone blindly pastes in a summary with superscript tags that go away. It should say 2^57,885,161-1, not 257,885,161-1.

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