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Old 2009-09-07, 10:18   #4
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lycorn, the third possibility is what most likely happened in your case. Unfortunately your suggestion of what to do in this case conflicts with the GIMPS philosophy of never turning down a completed result. Your result should have been accepted and you should have been given credit since you were a legitimate assignee. However, I don't see how the waste of resources can be avoided unless GIMPS can somehow tell your prime95 client to stop working on the exponent as soon as someone else returns a DC on your assignment. Even then, some people might not be pleased to have say a 95% complete assignment be kicked out and them being deprived of the credit. No easy solution here. Also, occasional triple-checks are useful for GIMPS as they provide error rate data that can be useful.
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