20060112, 08:40  #1 
Bemusing Prompter
"Danny"
Dec 2002
California
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how would you distribute the $100k prize?
If you were part of the GIMPS management that made the decision, how would you distribute the $100k prize, assuming that GIMPS wins it?
Here's how I would distribute it: 1. At least $65k goes to the individual or team whose computer finds the 10M+ digit prime. 2. $5k to the person who trial factors it in the first stage (preliminary)* 3. $5k to the person who trial factors it in the second stage (the one that appears on PrimeNet today)* 4. $5k to the last person who has made a scientific breakthrough relating to Mersenne primes** 5. $5k for GIMPS funding 6. $5k to charity 7. $5k to the discoverer of the previous Mersenne prime 8. $5k to the discoverer of the next Mersenne prime (to keep people interested) *goes to the discoverer if the number was not trial factored, if the person(s) who trial factored the number could not be located within two years, or if the discoverer also trial factored the number **goes to discoverer if no related breakthrough has occured within the last 5 years Last fiddled with by ixfd64 on 20060112 at 08:41 
20060112, 10:31  #2 
Aug 2003
Europe
2×97 Posts 
My distribution would look a bit different.
10k for GIMPS funding (running costs etc.) 15k to user whose computer finds the 10M+ digit prime 5k to the 5 previous discoverers of unknown Mersenne primes 5k to the 5 next discoverers of unknown Mersenne primes (put into a deposit at a bank to earn intrest that flows back to GIMPS funding) Wich leaves 25k left that could be send to several charity projects. But I am not sure how tax laws are in the US. What taxes have to be paid, how it goes with distributing prize money to foreign countries and their tax offices. And so on. What I know, this is a great problem with organizing distributed computing projects when money is involved. It looks easy, but all taxlaws just kinda mess things up.  edit  I know I did not include the trial factors. They do a good amount of work, but how can you pick a person out of it that helped the best? The one that trialfactors the most? Would be unfair against people that run prime95 at home to people that run prime95 on workstation farm at work. Maybe a rondom pick for 5k? Or 5 random picks for 1k each? But then again taxes and so on. In some cases already can take 50% away of the prize. Last fiddled with by BotXXX on 20060112 at 10:35 
20060112, 19:49  #3 
Nov 2005
South Carolina
7·11 Posts 
Interesting question... I'd do it yet differently;
25k to the discoverer 25k to George for GIMPS funding 25k for equal dividing among the number who discovered primes between 1M and 10M digits. 10k for any breakthroughs. (If none, this goes to the discoverer) 10k especally earmarked to replacing PrimeNet 5k to give away. 
20060112, 19:52  #4  
∂^{2}ω=0
Sep 2002
República de California
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20060112, 20:04  #5  
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
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I actually started ponder this very question a week ago. When the prize rules were announced 5ish years ago, a 10M test was an extraordinary effort. With GIMPS about to start handing out 10M assignments to all first time testers, should the 10M find really be paid 10 times what the last 5 Mersenne finds will be paid? On the other hand, is it fair to change rules drastically midstream? 

20060112, 22:05  #6 
"Mike"
Aug 2002
3·7·383 Posts 
I wish the were no prize at all. It sure would simplify things.

20060112, 22:38  #7  
Jun 2005
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Having already announced the prize format, though, I don't think it would be prudent to change the rules, now. The next prize would be worth a revisit. If you personally find the nonprizewinning Mersenne primes to be as valuable, it's your perogative to reward them as you see fit. Drew Last fiddled with by drew on 20060112 at 22:42 

20060113, 23:34  #8  
Cranksta Rap Ayatollah
Jul 2003
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20060114, 00:04  #9 
Jul 2004
Nowhere
809 Posts 
It would be cool to have 70k go towards like 14 different groups charity and then 10k go to finder then another 15 to the other finders and 5 towards further advancement of gimps.

20060114, 01:27  #10  
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48
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20060114, 03:42  #11 
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
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Some more observant forum readers can probably give you a better estimate. I guess a year.

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