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Old 2009-06-11, 03:44   #23
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What? It is a legitimate possibility.
Yes, but a morbidly depressing one!
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Old 2009-06-12, 17:56   #24
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Yes, but a morbidly depressing one!
I don't think so. There are proofs that there are unlimited prime numbers. The Mersenne numbers are hitting one of them 'by accident' - I don't see a reason that this won't be in the future.

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Old 2009-06-12, 17:58   #25
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Batalov was saying there is no M48. It is true there are an infinite number of primes... but it is not known if there are an infinite number of Mersenne primes. Although, if A is true then it is at least logical that B is true as well.
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Old 2009-06-12, 18:04   #26
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Batalov was saying there is no M48. It is true there are an infinite number of primes... but it is not known if there are an infinite number of Mersenne primes. Although, if A is true then it is at least logical that B is true as well.
If there is at least another Mersenne prime number there is a M48. I'm understanding that primes are pseudorandomly distributed so I don't think of any reason why bigger mersenne numbers shouldn't hit some of the primes in the future.

Of course a reliable mathematical proof is something different and harder to do so - this is 'only' my understanding of mersenne primes.

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Old 2009-06-12, 20:52   #27
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I think M48 will be somewhere in the 50M range and will be found in February 2010.
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Old 2009-06-12, 20:57   #28
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I think M48 will be somewhere in the 50M range and will be found in February 2010.
Where is the most active range of testing right now for first time LLs?
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Old 2009-06-13, 19:04   #29
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Where is the most active range of testing right now for first time LLs?
The "main wave" seems to be around 45M - the number of first-time assignments drops off significantly after that.
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Old 2009-08-13, 04:37   #30
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Interesting! Nearly all predictions are before the winter solstice in 2012?

I think "when" will be based on technology and programming. I don't feel any of the current CPU's could deal with it very well, time-wise. P95 assigns each core a different exponent. Perhaps that needs to be turned around: A single exponent for multiple cores to work on. I don't know what the current core limit is in P95. I know several individuals with dual quads (8 cores). One, I've been trying to get him to join.
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Old 2009-08-13, 05:20   #31
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Interesting! Nearly all predictions are before the winter solstice in 2012?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayan_c...the_Long_Count
That's why
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Old 2009-08-13, 05:28   #32
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Interesting! Nearly all predictions are before the winter solstice in 2012?
GIMPS hasn't yet gone three years without a discovery, so why not one more before The End in of 2012?
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Old 2009-08-14, 04:00   #33
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GIMPS hasn't yet gone three years without a discovery, so why not one more before The End in of 2012?
I did some pencil scratching with the dates of prior discoveries. It varies a lot, and you are correct. The longest I gap I found was 25 months, I think it was. More recently, there were some around seven months apart.

For the record, I do not believe in all the 2012 hype.
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