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View Poll Results: Is it the 41st Mersenne?
Yes, let's celebrate 14 23.73%
No, I'm the one who will find M#41 23 38.98%
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Old 2004-03-06, 16:27   #1
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Default 41st Mersenne Prime Found???

I've received an email claiming discovery of the 41st Mersenne prime!!

Your challenge: guess whether this report is accurate.

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The user apparently used Ernst Mayer's mlucas program. Thus, no
checksums or save files with a few iterations remaining are available.
I've no idea if he used a precompiled binary.
This is the user's first LL test using mlucas.
The user has reported two LL results using prime95.
The exponent is below M#40.
I've started a verification run on our Opteron.

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Old 2004-03-06, 16:31   #2
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Dang, "I'm the one you will find M#41" should read "I'm the one who will find M#41".

I can't seem to edit the poll!
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Old 2004-03-06, 18:34   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Prime95
I've received an email claiming discovery of the 41st Mersenne prime!!

Your challenge: guess whether this report is accurate.

Details:

The user apparently used Ernst Mayer's mlucas program. Thus, no
checksums or save files with a few iterations remaining are available.
I've no idea if he used a precompiled binary.
This is the user's first LL test using mlucas.
The user has reported two LL results using prime95.
The exponent is below M#40.
I've started a verification run on our Opteron.
Nah, I don't think so. But then I'm naturally suspicious.
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Old 2004-03-06, 20:36   #4
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Well it is possible. I'll wait till George performs his verification.
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Old 2004-03-06, 21:49   #5
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Hmm, post the email sent to you, without the actual exponent.
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Old 2004-03-07, 00:16   #6
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If it's below M40, is it a double-check or is it within a million of M40?
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Old 2004-03-07, 00:34   #7
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Quote:
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I've received an email claiming discovery of the 41st Mersenne prime!!

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The user apparently used Ernst Mayer's mlucas program.
It wasn't found by PrimeNet, maybe cuz its probably not prime.
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Old 2004-03-07, 01:16   #8
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Hmm, post the email sent to you, without the actual exponent.
M( 2202817 )C: 87722769297534671 # zeus.(none) @ Thu Nov 27 19:28:47 2003
M( 2202817 )U: 288230376148707783 # zeus.(none) @ Thu Nov 27 20:16:32 2003
M(NNNNNNNN ) is a NEW MERSENNE PRIME!!!
please send e-mail to ewmayer-at-aol.com and woltman-at-alum.mit.edu
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Old 2004-03-07, 01:22   #9
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If it's below M40, is it a double-check or is it within a million of M40?
It is a first-time test within a million of M40. I'm using the Opteron to verify because the exponent falls in the range where non-SSE2 runs use a smaller FFT size. The user got this exponent from primenet 100 days ago.

I'd be a lot more confident in the claim if this wasn't the user's first mlucas run. The chance of a compilation mistake or mlucas setup mistake is high. I've asked the user for more output files. Ernst says mlucas produces a .stat file with interim residues. If the user has this file and it looks like real residues, then the chance this is a valid claim goes way up.
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Old 2004-03-07, 02:06   #10
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This looks promising!!

Though it's smaller than M#40 (if it's prime), I'm still very excited! :D

After all, 41 known Mersenne primes is better than 40! :)

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Old 2004-03-07, 03:41   #11
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Quote:
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It is a first-time test within a million of M40.
If it's really prime, Mersenne Islands will surge into favor again.
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