20221206, 11:08  #1 
Dec 2022
5 Posts 
Getting under 20k unfactored exponents in 229m
Hey, I'm a bit new to the forum but not to the project Sorry if this isn't the appropriate place to put this (or shouldn't have been a new thread)  but this thread isn't about about any of that!
A few months ago, I'd been going through the trial factoring range with the herd in the mid200millions right about now, and noticed that the recentlyunreserved 229m range was pretty close to a suspicious milestone: less than 20,000 unfactored exponents. It seems you folks have a keen interest in this milestone, judging by other threads, but I had no idea of this at the time. Trial factoring work mostly ended several months ago, too, ending up with just 13 unfactored exponents to go to break the barrier. Now, I'm just a hobbyist using my personal computers, so even just 13 factors seemed like an insurmountable peak when I started trying to understand P1 testing back in June. Well, almost half a year later I'm happy to announce that I'm more than halfway to my completely arbitrary milestone! I've managed to factor 8 new numbers (229000159, 229000201, 229000963, 229001413, 229001477, 229001533, 229002379, and 229002493) and have the rest of the 229.002 range reserved to complete within the next couple weeks. Of course, I can't readily guess when I'll hit the milestone, but assuming average luck it should definitely be in the next couple of months. Interestingly, I've been getting unreasonably good luck finding factors... I've been getting them roughly 15% of the time (8 from 52 tests) compared to a predicted ~6.5% success rate. Now, it's not the most significant deviation from the norm, but apparently the chance of getting this lucky is just ~4%. I was hoping it would be the first range between the current 110smillion and the 330smillion exponents to get under 20,000 unfactored exponents, but an apparently coordinated effort at 168m got there first, as well as the surprisingly composite 254m from just trial factoring work. Looks like 259m will probably be following soon as well. Still, third place is a bronze medal! Anyway, just to be clear, I don't need any particular help with factoring this range. This post is more of a declaration of intent + a modest inprogress success story from a modest user. I won't try and stop anyone who really wants go to at it, but I'd appreciate being able to get #20,000 knocked off at least! 
20221206, 15:02  #2 
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Welcome to the forum.
Are you using GPU(s) for this? Do you have plans for when this goal is complete? 
20221206, 15:56  #3  
1976 Toyota Corona years forever!
"Wayne"
Nov 2006
Saskatchewan, Canada
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The under 20 Million or 20 Thousand or 2 Thousand, depending on the depth was the pet project I started several years ago. And as you noticed we got up to 110M with a LOT of help form a lot of interested participants. As I understand the prescribed level of TF and P1 will "eventually" get all the remaining 100K ranges under 2,000 unfactored but it will be a while and I know its fun for some like yourself to take on a pet range. Have Fun!!! You mentioned that TF worked ended a few months ago but in fact that was only for the 74 bit range. If you look here and notice where the yellow band is you will notice that eventually your range will be factored up to at least 79 bits, probably more because GPUs are SOOOO fast. You can expect to see the TF crew back in your range early in the New Year. Hopefully, you finish before they get there. If you have a GPU that you can use for TF it will find factors quickly at the current bit levels and beyond. Otherwise the P1 you are doing is valuable too. As for the success rate you are seeing it might be luck, but after many years of P1 my average success rate is always above the expected too. I think their calculator here might be low. WELCOME and ENJOY!!! 

20221207, 02:02  #4  
Dec 2022
5_{10} Posts 
Thanks for the welcomes and kind words, everyone.
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After I finish this, I'm not entirely sure. I might target other regions close to the 2* barriers (either in existing miniprojects or highlevel exponents like this), or focus on areas of the big mersenne.ca graph with unusually few factors (like 148.9m) If the speeds quoted for other GPU factoring apply well to mine, then I might have to figure that out quite soon... 

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