Hi,

On the 23 May 2006, Citrix warned us, in the Sierpinski base 4 thread, about this problem :

http://www.primepuzzles.net/problems/prob_036.htm
To be short, the Liskovets assertion is :

There are some k values such that k*2^n+1 is composite for all n values of certain fixed parity, and some k values such that k*2^n-1 is composite for all n values of certain fixed parity.

It is almost evident that these k values must be searched only amongst the multiples of 3 (the assertion is trivial if 3 does not divide k) :

If k == 1 mod 3, then 3 | k*2^n-1 if n is even, and 3 | k*2^n+1 if n is odd.

If k == 2 mod 3, then 3 | k*2^n+1 if n is even, and 3 | k*2^n-1 if n is odd.

Almost immediately after, Yves Gallot discovered the first four Liskovets-Gallot numbers ever produced :

k*2^n+1=composite for all n=even: k=66741

k*2^n+1=composite for all n=odd: k=95283

k*2^n-1=composite for all n=even: k=39939

k*2^n-1=composite for all n=odd: k=172677

And Yves said that "I conjecture that 66741, 95283, 39939, ... and 172677 are the smallest solutions for the forms - having no algebraic factorization (such as 4*2^n-1 or 9*2^-1) - but I can't prove it."

For several reasons, I think it would be interesting for us to coordinate the search in order to prove these four conjectures :

1) They involve only k values that are multiples of 3, so the success will no more be depending of the SoB or Rieselsieve one.

2) For the n even Sierpinski case, only k = 23451 and k = 60849 are remaining, with n up to more than 1,900,000 that is to say there are only two big primes to found, then the conjecture is proven!

3) For the n even Riesel (third line above) there are only four k values remaining : 9519, 14361, 19401 and 20049, although the search is only at the beginning!

4) For the two remaining n odd Sierpinski / Riesel (which can be tranlated as

base 4, k even, and doubling the Gallot values : 190566 for k*4^n+1, 345354 for k*4^n-1) I began to explore the problem, by eliminating all k's yielding a prime for n < 4096, eliminating the perfect square k values for Riesel, eliminating the MOB that are redondant, etc...

Finally, there were 42 k values remaining for +1, 114 for -1, and after sieving rapidly with NewPGen, and LLRing up to ~32K, I have now 21 values remaining for +1 and 37 values for -1.

I would be happy to know your opinion about all that...

Regards,

Jean