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Acronym of the Week - GIMPS

The Great Internet Merseene Prime Search is a project that links tens of thousands of computers world wide in search of prime numbers in the form of 2P-1.

Volunteers contribute to the search by downloading GIMPS software to their personal computer. The program runs at low priority, using spare CPU cycles to process work assigned by PrimeNet, a central server on the internet, and report the results. 

The last Merseene prime, 232,582,657-1, was discovered in September of last year by a team at the University of Central Missouri in the United States using GIMPS.

There are 44 known Mersenne primes. A volunteer’s chance of finding a new Mersenne prime is about 1 in 150,000. To learn more visit the GIMPS Web page.



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