Coordination thread for redoing P1 factoring
Some of us have been redoing P1 on exponents with only stage 1 done. But because [url=http://mersenneforum.org/showthread.php?t=23110]it's not (always) possible[/url] to register such assignments, this creates the risk of stepping on toes. Therefore, I decided to create this thread to coordinate such factoring efforts. Feel free to share which ranges you're working on and any interesting factors you find. :smile:
I'll start: I have three machines that are redoing P1 factoring:[LIST][*]A dualcore laptop working on exponents around 43.9m and 47.9m[*]A quadcore MacBook Pro working on exponents around 43.6m[*]A quadcore desktop working on exponents around 47.6m and 77.2m[/LIST] All three computers are alternating between normal P1 factoring and rerunning P1 on exponents without stage 2 done. 
Repost from the prior thread
For me:
 5059M range  For any .1M range that has more than 1999 unfactored  For exponents that the current P1 has B1=B2 (and not excessively large) I am running PMinus1 with B1=1000000 B2=20000000 (1M,20M) I expect to be at this all of 2018 but if anything changes....I'll post 
I currently have four of my machines working in the 40M to 49M ranges (inclusive). They focus on a particular 0.1M range at a time. Currently they're working 45.7M, and will then focus on 44.2M (in about a week). I try to reserve them from Primenet so people see this activity (not always possible, since some of them have already had a DC).
For anyone who is interested, I'm letting mprime decide the bounds, based on four LL assignments being saved (doesn't make sense, I know, but it's my kit). For 45.7M I've so far run 198 tests, and found 7 factors. 
Most of my unreserved P1 effort was in the range 1.5M  1.7M (B1=10e6 B2=200e6), which I'm currently running ECM on (B1=50,000).
Also I know Jocelyn Larouche is doing P1 in the region below 4M. 
I've two older machines slooowly doing P1 on expos having B1<150k & B2<1M[LIST][*]in the range 12.2M to 12.4M[*]in the range 15M to 15.3M[/LIST]
just for fun... 
I am doing P1 testing from time to time, taking e xponents that have had poor or no stage 2 prefeŕring smaller ones.

Update: I'm done with the 43.6 and 77.2m ranges for the time being. The MacBook Pro is now redoing exponents in the 44.1m range.
Chris: I see that you've reserved a few exponents in the 44.1m range as well. Are you planning to do more? 
Opinions or observations please...
As you may have noticed I am on a P1 binge recently.
I have full time P1 running on: 2 x 2core PC's 6 x 4core PC's Some have as much as 16GB of RAM; a couple only 4G. I have noticed over the past years of doing P1 that more RAM makes a big difference in Phase 2. Simple observations have shown that running 480 relative primes in batch of 10 takes noticeably longer than that same run in batches of 120 for example. (I wouldn't be surprised if the following has been noted before and I missed it)... So that got me to thinking that, especially for the PC's with 4GB or 8GB of RAM it should complete more total tests per week if I ran 2 workers of 2 cores each rather than 4 workers with 1 core each. The phase 1 may be slightly slower but the phase 2 should be enough faster that it more than makes up for it; faster because with only 2 workers fighting for RAM they each will get a lot more and can process more relative primes. Opinions? 
I work in the 10M to 25M range. Currently in the 11M range and the 22M range.

[QUOTE=ric;482194][LIST][*]in the range 12.2M to 12.4M[/LIST][/QUOTE]
324 cands, expected prob ~2.5%, 3 new factors (0.9%). Meh! Right now working on 12.0M to 12.2M, then will extend to from 12.4M to 13M 
[QUOTE=ric;484376]324 cands, expected prob ~2.5%, 3 new factors (0.9%). Meh![/QUOTE]
Keep in mind that when you're redoing P1 work you should expect a lower probability than what Prime95/mprime reports. As a rough guide, I subtract from what is reported as expected by what the previous run's probability was. When I'm redoing poorly P1'ed work (read: no Stage 2) I tell mprime that the test will save four LL tests, and give it between 10GB and 12GB of RAM to use. Doesn't make sense, I know, but it's my kit and electrons. On average in the 4xM range I get about a 3% success rate. 
[QUOTE=chalsall;484387]Keep in mind that when you're redoing P1 work you should expect a lower probability than what Prime95/mprime reports. As a rough guide, I subtract from what is reported as expected by what the previous run's probability was.
[/QUOTE] Sure thing! No need to split hairs, since this is a filler job for me, but  using mersenne.ca's p1 prob estimator  those cands had former B1/B2's corresponding to a prob level around 1.5%, and I brought them around 4%  hence my disappointment. As a more general point, I've been playing this "filler game" for quite some time now, and I've as well experienced an average of 34% of successes on average. For sure, when TF levels were lower, 'twas much more rewarding :) 
[QUOTE=ric;484392]No need to split hairs, since this is a filler job for me, but  using mersenne.ca's p1 prob estimator  those cands had former B1/B2's corresponding to a prob level around 1.5%, and I brought them around 4%  hence my disappointment.[/QUOTE]
Ah... I now better understand your statement. Statistics has no memory. Run an infinite number of tests and you should see about a 2.5% success rate... :smile: 
[QUOTE=petrw1;483122]As you may have noticed I am on a P1 binge recently.
I have full time P1 running on: 2 x 2core PC's 6 x 4core PC's Some have as much as 16GB of RAM; a couple only 4G. I have noticed over the past years of doing P1 that more RAM makes a big difference in Phase 2. Simple observations have shown that running 480 relative primes in batch of 10 takes noticeably longer than that same run in batches of 120 for example. (I wouldn't be surprised if the following has been noted before and I missed it)... So that got me to thinking that, especially for the PC's with 4GB or 8GB of RAM it should complete more total tests per week if I ran 2 workers of 2 cores each rather than 4 workers with 1 core each. The phase 1 may be slightly slower but the phase 2 should be enough faster that it more than makes up for it; faster because with only 2 workers fighting for RAM they each will get a lot more and can process more relative primes. Opinions?[/QUOTE] So after a month of trying P1 with 2 workers of 2 cores each on a PC with 4.5G available to Prime95 I measured that the actual thruput has dropped by about 5%....I'm surprised but facts don't lie. But then I got to thinking that when I have 2 workers instead of 4; not only do they each get twice the RAM per Stage 2...but (and I know almost nothing about this) ... I believe that at some point of extra RAM for Stage 2 Brent Suyama kicks in and my E=3 or E=6 or E=12 increases the odds of finding a factor. Am I anywhere close on this...and can someone tell me how much of an increase the E=3 or E=6 or E=12 gives me? Maybe enough that I can swallow the 5% thruput loss. Thanks 
[QUOTE=chalsall;484387]Keep in mind that when you're redoing P1 work you should expect a lower probability than what Prime95/mprime reports. As a rough guide, I subtract from what is reported as expected by what the previous run's probability was.
When I'm redoing poorly P1'ed work (read: no Stage 2) I tell mprime that the test will save four LL tests, and give it between 10GB and 12GB of RAM to use. Doesn't make sense, I know, but it's my kit and electrons. On average in the 4xM range I get about a 3% success rate.[/QUOTE] I have 28 cores doing full time P1; all are redo's in the 5xM range where the prior P1 was Stage 1 only (B1=B2). Subtracting the expected factor ratio of the prior run from my run comes out close to 3%. After more than 5,100 of such tests my overall success rate is currently 2.98% In the extremes I once saw consecutive Factors and six times 2 factors out of 3 attempts (on the low end) AND 169 and 183 attempts between factors (on the high end). My perPC success rates range from 2.12% to 3.39% among PCs that have done more than 600. 
I am now "reserving" P1 work in the following ranges:
48.6 48.7 46.7 48.3 47.2 
I'm redoing P1 on exponents in the [20m, 20.05m] range where B2 < 2,500,000.

Continuing P1 where B1=B2 in all 4xM ranges that have more than 2000 unfactored

I have another PC running P1 on exponents in the [57m, 57.1m] range.

I'm running P1 with larger bounds on exponents in the 2.6M and 2.8M ranges.

I'm currently redoing P1 on exponents from 14.4m to 14.5m with B2 < 2,000,000.

[QUOTE=masser;526678]I'm running P1 with larger bounds on exponents in the 2.6M and 2.8M ranges.[/QUOTE]
I will pause on the 2.8M range and resume on the 2.6M range. I'm losing a few credits here and there because a few people (probably not on the forum) are also taking exponents in these ranges for P1 with large bounds. After I complete my first pass over 2.6M, I plan to do a second pass over 2.6M and 2.8M. Anyone have a suggestion for how much to increase the bounds for a second pass of P1 factoring? I was thinking that I would use the probability calculator at mersenne.ca; currently I'm putting in about 0.5 GhzD/exponent. For the second pass, I thought I would increase that to 0.75 GhzD/exponent and use bounds that approx. maximize the probability of finding a factor. 
[QUOTE=masser;530466]I will pause on the 2.8M range and resume on the 2.6M range. I'm losing a few credits here and there because a few people (probably not on the forum) are also taking exponents in these ranges for P1 with large bounds.
After I complete my first pass over 2.6M, I plan to do a second pass over 2.6M and 2.8M. Anyone have a suggestion for how much to increase the bounds for a second pass of P1 factoring? I was thinking that I would use the probability calculator at mersenne.ca; currently I'm putting in about 0.5 GhzD/exponent. For the second pass, I thought I would increase that to 0.75 GhzD/exponent and use bounds that approx. maximize the probability of finding a factor.[/QUOTE] I rely a lot on the probability calculator. If you are a programmer you should consider getting the source and coding it yourself so it can process large batches of potential P1 assignments and calculate the expected success rate and the GhzDays effort. If you choose a few different percentages vs effort and graph them you will note that at some point it takes a LOT more work for a small percentage improvement. I try to find good balance between expected factors found vs. GhzDays effort to find them. In my experience multiple passes with increasing bounds is inefficient. If you only use B1 then each successive Stage 1 run will continue where it left off (assuming you save the work files). However, any time you increase B2 it runs the entire Stage 2 from the start whether or not you change B1. I prefer to calculate the bounds that get the number of factors I want and use those bounds with one pass; starting with the exponents with the best odds. 
Thanks, Wayne. That confirms what I was beginning to suspect about P1 strategy. I think 2.6M will be very close to the 1999 unfactored goal after my initial pass is complete. If necessary, finishing that range with a second pass shouldn't be too difficult. I should be finished with 2.6M by the end of 2019.
2.8M will take a little longer with my measly i5, but I'll keep plugging away at it. The next pass over that range will be a little more strategic. 
[QUOTE=masser;530494]Thanks, Wayne. That confirms what I was beginning to suspect about P1 strategy. I think 2.6M will be very close to the 1999 unfactored goal after my initial pass is complete. If necessary, finishing that range with a second pass shouldn't be too difficult. I should be finished with 2.6M by the end of 2019.
2.8M will take a little longer with my measly i5, but I'll keep plugging away at it. The next pass over that range will be a little more strategic.[/QUOTE] Cool! :thumbsup: 
[QUOTE=masser;526678]I'm running P1 with larger bounds on exponents in the 2.6M and 2.8M ranges.[/QUOTE]
It is, almost certainly, [b]not[/b] worth the effort. Compute, e.g. the conditional probability of finding a factor given that the method failed with a prior given B1. Extending P1 just isn't worth the effort. It would be much better to run ECM instead. 
Dr. Silverman, thank you for the recommendation. I considered running ECM curves.
Here is an exponent I considered: [URL="https://www.mersenne.ca/exponent/2693501"]2693501[/URL] P1 has already been performed on this exponent with bounds, B1= 670000 and B2 = 6700000. The probability of finding a factor with those bounds was 0.03856. If I complete another P1 calculation, with bounds, B1=2000000, B2=50000000, the probability of finding a factor (given current trial factoring limit, but assuming no prior P1) will be 0.06294. I used the probability calculator [URL="https://www.mersenne.ca/prob.php?exponent=2693501&b1=2000000&b2=50000000&guess_saved_tests=&factorbits=68&K=1&C=1"]here[/URL]. I estimate the conditional probability using subtraction (how bad is this?): 0.062940.03856 = 0.02438. The P1 calculation will take 21 minutes on my machine and I expect to find a factor for every 41 (1/0.02438) exponents that I test with similar bounds. So, I expect to find 1 factor every 14.35 hours via P1. Each ECM curve for M2693501, at B1=50000 and B2=5000000, takes about 5 minutes on my machine. Completing 214 such curves will take about 18 hours. Would completing the 214 ECM curves at B1=50000 be comparable to trial factoring to 83 bits? That's how I came up with an estimate for the probability of finding a factor via ECM: 0.1139. With these crude estimates of the probability, I anticipate finding a factor via ECM in this range about once a week. Experience has not born out the P1 estimate above of one factor every 14 hours; it has been more like one factor every day. I note that there has been some ECM already performed on these exponents and I'm using very crude estimates. Please correct me if I'm doing anything wildly incorrect. However, at this point it appears that additional P1 in the 2.6M range is more efficient at finding factors than ECM. 
I believe that the conditional probability for the P1 rerun should be (P(second)  P(first))/(1P(first)). This assumes that the search space for the first run is completely contained within the second run(and is also quite possibly messed up by tf considerations). As such the search space is smaller for the second run. This provides a value of 0.03968 for your example 2693501.
These numbers do not take into account any ECM that has already been done. I am not sure what the average amount of ECM done so far on numbers this size is but 2693501 has 33 curves done. This is 33/280 of t25 and as such, there is a 1e^(33/280)=11.1% chance of any 25 digit factor having been found already by ECM. This will be higher for smaller factors of course. Please feel free to correct my hastily done maths on this. It would be interesting to make a calculator that took all known work into account as well as the expected size of the factors and showed the probability of any new work finding a factor of x digits graphically. I might look into doing this if I can work out the formulas for P1 and ECM probabilities. 
[QUOTE=masser;530591]Dr. Silverman, thank you for the recommendation. I considered running ECM curves.
Here is an exponent I considered: [URL="https://www.mersenne.ca/exponent/2693501"]2693501[/URL] P1 has already been performed on this exponent with bounds, B1= 670000 and B2 = 6700000. The probability of finding a factor with those bounds was 0.03856. If I complete another P1 calculation, with bounds, B1=2000000, B2=50000000, the probability of finding a factor (given current trial factoring limit, but assuming no prior P1) will be 0.06294. I used the probability calculator [URL="https://www.mersenne.ca/prob.php?exponent=2693501&b1=2000000&b2=50000000&guess_saved_tests=&factorbits=68&K=1&C=1"]here[/URL]. I estimate the conditional probability using subtraction (how bad is this?): 0.062940.03856 = 0.02438. The P1 calculation will take 21 minutes on my machine and I expect to find a factor for every 41 (1/0.02438) exponents that I test with similar bounds. So, I expect to find 1 factor every 14.35 hours via P1. Each ECM curve for M2693501, at B1=50000 and B2=5000000, takes about 5 minutes on my machine. Completing 214 such curves will take about 18 hours. Would completing the 214 ECM curves at B1=50000 be comparable to trial factoring to 83 bits? .[/QUOTE] You are comparing the wrong things. I will accept your probabilities as correct. [your conditional probability computation is not correct, however]. You need to divide by (1 P1) Running P1 with limits B1, B2 is the same as running a single elliptic curve. [although the computations are simpler and hence faster] (one does need to adjust the size of the candidate by log(exponent) because P1 is always divisible by the exponent.) Running a second elliptic curve with the same limits will double the probability of success. Increasing B1, B2 for P1 does not double the probability of success unless B1, B2 are [b]greatly[/b] increased. You are comparing running P1 with B1, B2 against running another ECM curve with much SMALLER limits. And running ECM gives multiple independent chances. P1 does not. Read my joint paper with Sam Wagstaff: : A Practical Analysis of ECM. 
[QUOTE=R.D. Silverman;530678]You are comparing the wrong things.
You are comparing running P1 with B1, B2 against running another ECM curve with much SMALLER limits. And running ECM gives multiple independent chances. P1 does not.[/QUOTE] Could you elaborate, specifically about which bounds for ECM will yield a better expected time per found factor than his P1 work? The quoted part above seems to claim his choice of ECM bounds is too small to be a fair comparison, but your case to him is that he is wasting time doing P1 when he should be doing ECM instead. What size ECM should he do that is more efficient than P1? Masser is comparing the rate of found factors by P1 (at large bounds as stated) to the rate by ECM (at small bounds). If that's the wrong thing to compare, what is the right thing? 
[QUOTE=VBCurtis;530683]Could you elaborate, specifically about which bounds for ECM will yield a better expected time per found factor than his P1 work? The quoted part above seems to claim his choice of ECM bounds is too small to be a fair comparison, but your case to him is that he is wasting time doing P1 when he should be doing ECM instead. What size ECM should he do that is more efficient than P1?
Masser is comparing the rate of found factors by P1 (at large bounds as stated) to the rate by ECM (at small bounds). If that's the wrong thing to compare, what is the right thing?[/QUOTE] The data is all in my paper. Consider the following: P1 to limits B1, B2 has been run. Suppose we have the choice of (say) running P1 again with (say) limits kB1, kB2 or running a elliptic curve with limits B1, B2. [for some k]. The latter choice will double the probability of success. The former will not. The former will take [b]less time[/b], but the latter will give greater likelihood of success. The former will allow more numbers to be tested in a fixed amount of time. If we choose k to spend the same amount of time for extending P1 or to run ECM that latter should be more efficient OTOH, if one places a BOUND on the time to be spent, i.e. one wants to spend time T either running more curves or extending B1,B2 for P1, it may be more effective to extend P1 because (as already noted) one must lower B1,B2 for the elliptic curves because point addition on curves is much more expensive than simple exponentiation. I have not computed the effect that attempting 2^p  1 has on P1. The form of the numbers gives that P1 is always divisible by p. This effectively reduces the size of the numbers that "must be smooth" by log(p). This may give a sufficient advantage to make P1 more effective when bounding the run time. Note that this advantage disappears if one were attempting to factor numbers of no particular form. If one is willing to spend an arbitrary amount of time on each candidate it is clear that running multiple elliptic curves will be far more effective than raising the P1 bounds, especially as the factors get larger. 
Thank you all for the feedback. I have downloaded the SilvermanWagstaff paper and will read it, but I will probably need to brush up on some of the background before I fully comprehend it. Thanks again.

New (to me) result feedback:
Splitting composite factor 72115741492408141371057158919540730748664584042639 into: * 57330969015562354090032601 * 1257884573219624043651239 [URL="https://www.mersenne.org/report_exponent/?exp_lo=2645329&full=1"]https://www.mersenne.org/report_exponent/?exp_lo=2645329&full=1[/URL] :huh: 
[QUOTE=masser;531624]New (to me) result feedback:
Splitting composite factor 72115741492408141371057158919540730748664584042639 into: * 57330969015562354090032601 * 1257884573219624043651239 [URL]https://www.mersenne.org/report_exponent/?exp_lo=2645329&full=1[/URL] :huh:[/QUOTE] And a juicy BS factor at that. The smaller of the two would otherwise require B2=809M instead of the 50M it received. In fact, if you were running with that high of B2, you likely would've only found the larger factor, as it would be found in stage 1 with a B1 of 11M. Very cool how that worked out! 
[QUOTE=masser;530494] I think 2.6M will be very close to the 1999 unfactored goal after my initial pass is complete. If necessary, finishing that range with a second pass shouldn't be too difficult. I should be finished with 2.6M by the end of 2019.
2.8M will take a little longer with my measly i5, but I'll keep plugging away at it. The next pass over that range will be a little more strategic.[/QUOTE] SRJ2877 and I have gotten the 2.6M range below 2000 unfactored. I will now "unreserve" the 2.6M range. The last few factors were found by running ECM curves. I ran 8396 curves at the 25digit bounds (B1=50K, B2=5M) and found 7 factors. This took 23.25 days, so about two factors per week for me. I will now work on a second pass of P1 factoring over the 2.8M range. After digging around the forum a little bit more, I found [URL="https://mersenneforum.org/showpost.php?p=403960&postcount=111"]this post[/URL] that recommended spending 56% of the ECM effort on P1 factoring. Getting the 2.8M range below 2000 unfactored will likely require additional ECM work after this pass of P1 factoring. 
[QUOTE=masser;533846]SRJ2877 and I have gotten the 2.6M range below 2000 unfactored. I will now "unreserve" the 2.6M range.
I will now work on a second pass of P1 factoring over the 2.8M range. [/QUOTE] The 2.8M range now has less than 2000 unfactored. I will "unreserve" and move on to the 2.9M range. 
2.9M now has less than 2000 unfactored. Pursuing the white whale of 14.0M next...

[QUOTE=masser;541800]2.9M now has less than 2000 unfactored. Pursuing the white whale of 14.0M next...[/QUOTE]
That's ambitious. Good for you. I probably don't have to tell you that you will need aggressive B1/B2 values. Enjoy. 
I have the stage 1 P1 savefiles for the factoring work I completed in the 2.6M, 2.8M and 2.9M ranges.
If someone were interested in further factoring the candidates in those ranges, the savefiles might save them quite a bit of work. I'm certain this has been discussed on the forum in the past, but currently, there is no online repository for savefiles, right? My machine is (slowly) running out of storage space, so I might have to begin deleting the savefiles. It would be nice to have a place to stow them for future interested parties. 
[QUOTE=masser;546296]I have the stage 1 P1 savefiles for the factoring work I completed in the 2.6M, 2.8M and 2.9M ranges.
If someone were interested in further factoring the candidates in those ranges, the savefiles might save them quite a bit of work. I'm certain this has been discussed on the forum in the past, but currently, there is no online repository for savefiles, right? My machine is (slowly) running out of storage space, so I might have to begin deleting the savefiles. It would be nice to have a place to stow them for future interested parties.[/QUOTE] I feel your pain; I've got close to 30,000 P1 save files from the last almost 3 years here in the 40M and 50M ranges. I've been saving them for the same reason but because of the aggressive bounds I used I think it is unlikely there would be value in furthering them. I don't have the hard math but I think it would be more efficient to take an exponent with lower/mediocre bounds with no save file as a starting point than my aggressively P1'd exponents with the save file. 
[QUOTE=petrw1;546298]
I don't have the hard math but I think it would be more efficient to take an exponent with lower/mediocre bounds with no save file as a starting point than my aggressively P1'd exponents with the save file.[/QUOTE] Yes, that is true. We could make the case that when the really deep factoring efforts (like those for exponents less than 1M) reach the 40M range, technology will have advanced so far that our current efforts (and savefiles) will be trivial to reproduce. The savefiles in the 2.6M range are a lot closer to some of the thorough factoring efforts. I don't know enough about those efforts to understand if the savefiles have any value to anyone. :confused2: 
[QUOTE=masser;546296]My machine is (slowly) running out of storage space, so I might have to begin deleting the savefiles. It would be nice to have a place to stow them for future interested parties.[/QUOTE]
I have spare storage  before deleting yours, would you mind sending them to me? I could figure out a way to make them publicly availible. How much data are we talking about? 
[QUOTE=kruoli;546575]I have spare storage  before deleting yours, would you mind sending them to me? I could figure out a way to make them publicly availible. How much data are we talking about?[/QUOTE]
Do you want mine too? I have about 50,000 files of about 5K each. 
Sure, thanks! Maybe this way we can start a central system.

I am doing some P1 in the 15M range.

[QUOTE=kruoli;546606]Sure, thanks! Maybe this way we can start a central system.[/QUOTE]
What's the best way to send them your way? 
I'd vote for SFTP, I already have that set up. If you are okay with this, I'll DM you some credentials.

[QUOTE=kruoli;547165]I'd vote for SFTP, I already have that set up. If you are okay with this, I'll DM you some credentials.[/QUOTE]
Ok...it may take a few days. I have several computers to collect from. 
Semi Related I posted a [URL="https://www.mersenneforum.org/showthread.php?p=540022#post540022"]patch[/URL] to mprime that allows you to easily view the important information (B1, B2, percent complete...) from each savefile.

[QUOTE=petrw1;547167]Ok...it may take a few days. I have several computers to collect from.[/QUOTE]
Which files will you send? Not the *.bu or *.bu2 files, right? 
[QUOTE=masser;547626]Which files will you send? Not the *.bu or *.bu2 files, right?[/QUOTE]
Correct those are just duplicates/backup save files Just mXX999999 
Reservation, reservation…
"Reserving" all exponents in
 54.30 M, 54.31 M and 54.32 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC for 30 days. This shouldn't (and wouldn't) prevent them being assigned and/or done as DC, since they're not registrable. The "reservations" only apply to factoring——please kindly find another range, my fellow P1 hunters. 
[QUOTE=Ensigm;561565]"Reserving" all exponents in
 54.30 M, 54.31 M and 54.32 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC for 30 days. This shouldn't (and wouldn't) prevent them being assigned and/or done as DC, since they're not registrable. The "reservations" only apply to factoring——please kindly find another range, my fellow P1 hunters.[/QUOTE]But if they are assigned for a doublecheck, that user would lose his work if a factor was found... Please respect the reservation system. 
[QUOTE=S485122;561577]But if they are assigned for a doublecheck, that user would lose his work if a factor was found... Please respect the reservation system.[/QUOTE]
No, they will not. If they have already started the doublecheck, they wouldn't lose it, just that it wouldn't be so useful (to GIMPS). I'm not sure about the behaviour of mprime in the case that they haven't started the DC, but it will not unreserve any work that has been started. 
Since the previous range has less exponents without DC than expected, I'm now "reserving" for 30 days all exponents in
 54.33 M, 54.34 M and 54.35 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. These "reservations" only apply to factoring. 
Cat 1 exponents with only Stage 1 P1 are surprisingly rare. I'm now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
 54.36 M, 54.37 M, 54.38 M and 54.39 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. These "reservations" only apply to factoring. 
[QUOTE=Ensigm;561839]...
These "reservations" only apply to factoring.[/QUOTE]There is a reservation system ALSO for factoring. You choose to ignore it. It seems to me you easily dismiss the work of others [QUOTE=Ensigm;561839]they wouldn't lose it, just that it wouldn't be so useful (to GIMPS)[/QUOTE]People work finding factors or doing LL or PRP tests. When one returns a LL or PRP result for a number that is already factored one doesn't receive credit. Please respect AND USE the reservation system : it is available for factoring work. Just look at the different columns in the [url=https://www.mersenne.org/primenet/]Work Distribution Map[/url]. Jacob 
[QUOTE=S485122;562204]There is a reservation system ALSO for factoring.[/QUOTE]
I admit there is a small possibility that if I find a factor a few bits above the current TF limit, it is possible that it will clash someone else's TF assignment. But practically speaking TF assignments in this range are [URL="https://www.mersenne.org/assignments/?exp_lo=54300000&exp_hi=55000000&execm=1&exdchk=1&exfirst=1&exp1=1"]extremely rare[/URL] (see reason below too). Plus, I only work on exponents that are not assigned at the moment I checked, and turn them in rapidly. As far as I know, I have never actually resulted in poaching anyone else's factor (or even seen a single exponent that has been assigned as TF before I turn in my work). It's actually quite a dilemma here: I can, for sure, manually reserve these as TF, then do the P1, and manually unreserve them. This would eliminate the possibility of accidentally poaching anyone else's factor. But on the other hand, this (or reserving these exponents as TF in general) would prevent DC being done on them, and the general belief is that it should be discouraged, according to discussions at [URL="https://www.mersenneforum.org/showthread.php?t=26001"]this thread[/URL]. To conclude, there's no perfect way to do it, but at least I'm comfortable with what I am doing. 
[QUOTE=Ensigm;562327]I admit there is a small possibility that if I find a factor a few bits above the current TF limit, it is possible that it will clash someone else's TF assignment. But practically speaking TF assignments in this range are [URL="https://www.mersenne.org/assignments/?exp_lo=54300000&exp_hi=55000000&execm=1&exdchk=1&exfirst=1&exp1=1"]extremely rare[/URL] (see reason below too). [/QUOTE]
Not so rare: [url]https://www.mersenne.org/assignments/?exp_lo=53000000&exp_hi=54000000&execm=1&exdchk=1&exfirst=1&exp1=1[/url] 
[QUOTE=Uncwilly;562332]Not so rare:
[URL]https://www.mersenne.org/assignments/?exp_lo=53000000&exp_hi=54000000&execm=1&exdchk=1&exfirst=1&exp1=1[/URL][/QUOTE] You're right. But for me to "successfully" poach a factor, the corresponding exponent needs to [QUOTE]be assigned as TF in the short period (usually 2~7 days) between it is sent to my colab machine and is completed[/QUOTE]and [QUOTE]have a factor within my P1 bounds and only a few bits (usually one) above the old TF limit (~0.28% for 1 bit, ~0.54% for 2 bits)[/QUOTE]As I've noted, the first condition has never been met. When it has been met for 200 times, I expect less than one poach to happen. 
[QUOTE=Ensigm;562327]I admit there is a small possibility that if I find a factor a few bits above the current TF limit, it is possible that it will clash someone else's TF assignment. But practically speaking TF assignments in this range are [URL="https://www.mersenne.org/assignments/?exp_lo=54300000&exp_hi=55000000&execm=1&exdchk=1&exfirst=1&exp1=1"]extremely rare[/URL] (see reason below too). Plus, I only work on exponents that are not assigned at the moment I checked, and turn them in rapidly. As far as I know, I have never actually resulted in poaching anyone else's factor (or even seen a single exponent that has been assigned as TF before I turn in my work).
It's actually quite a dilemma here: I can, for sure, manually reserve these as TF, then do the P1, and manually unreserve them. This would eliminate the possibility of accidentally poaching anyone else's factor. But on the other hand, this (or reserving these exponents as TF in general) would prevent DC being done on them, and the general belief is that it should be discouraged, according to discussions at [URL="https://www.mersenneforum.org/showthread.php?t=26001"]this thread[/URL]. To conclude, there's no perfect way to do it, but at least I'm comfortable with what I am doing.[/QUOTE]What I tried to say, but obviously failed to do, is that there is only ONE reservation system : if an exponent is reserved for TF it will not be available for PRP, DC, P1, if it is reserved for P1 it will not be available for TF, PRP, LL, DC, and so on... The thread you cite is not about people doing TF in CAT 0, 1 or 2 ranges, but about the fact that the reservation system should not assign exponents for TF in those ranges until the wavefront left them behind. One doesn't poach a factor. Poaching is about submitting (any) work on exponents reserved by others. If you absolutely want to work on exponents in those ranges, choose exponents that have been double checked in the DC range or those that had a first test (that was not suspicious) in the first time check range. (Of course it is easier and less error prone to use the reservation system. If you care about GIMPS and the other "participants" please use the reservation system. Jacob 
[QUOTE=S485122;562390]there is only ONE reservation system : if an exponent is reserved for TF it will not be available for PRP, DC, P1, if it is reserved for P1 it will not be available for TF, PRP, LL, DC, and so on...[/QUOTE]
Ah, I get what you mean. I think we have different philosophies, that's all. I'm not going to participate in this debate further. 
First half of 54.4M
I'm now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the first half of 54.4 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. These "reservations" only apply to factoring. Previous ranges 54.30 M, 54.31 M and 54.32 M (B1=B2≤730,000) should have been finished by now, and I am "unreserving" them. If I have missed any exponent in these ranges, feel free to pick them up. 
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[QUOTE=Ensigm;562327]I can, for sure, manually reserve these as TF, then do the P1, and manually unreserve them.[/QUOTE]
[B] New observation today[/B]: I actually reserved a few exponents (via manual GPU assignment Page) as TF, and used their assignment ids for doing P1 on the same exponent. Guess what? When the P1 job finished, the assignment was unreserved as well, which means I don't have to unreserve them manually! It will even update my P1 progress. (Attached screenshot: [I]Stage 1 of TF? That's kinda sus.[/I]) So the problem now boils down only to the reservation part. Manual reservation is largely impractical because the exponents are often not continuous, which means you have to reserve them one by one (and then manually paste the AIDs). If only I can find a way to automate these... I don't think these expos should be available for TF. If PrimeNet stops giving TF assignments in these ranges, then both me and TF doers are rogue agents, and the concept of poaching won't apply. Or PrimeNet could give an "overlay" type of assignment that doesn't interfere with DC. But before the rules change, it seems the only method to theoretically avoid clashes with other TF doers is by using the TF assignment system itself (the down side being it might delay DC for a few days). Still, need a way to automate them before this becomes practical. 
currently running 32.1M and above, with a B1 of 500k and a B2 of 15M

Previous regions 54.33 M, 54.34 M and 54.35 M (B1=B2≤730,000) are finished (not many exponents fit the criteria), and I am "unreserving" them. If I have missed any, be free to pick them up.

Second half of 54.4M
Now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the second half of 54.4 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. Currently working on:  54.36 M, 54.37 M, 54.38 M, 54.39 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the whole 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000) 
[QUOTE=Ensigm;562166]Cat 1 exponents with only Stage 1 P1 are surprisingly rare. I'm now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
 54.36 M, 54.37 M, 54.38 M and 54.39 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. These "reservations" only apply to factoring.[/QUOTE] In many of the 5xM, 4xM and 3xM ranges they will be rare because of the work I (and others) have been doing there the last 3 years working on the sub2000 project here: [url]https://www.mersenneforum.org/showthread.php?t=22476[/url] In short the goal is to get all 0.1 Million ranges to below 2000 unfactored exponents. For example here 39.3M and 39.6M are the ranges not below 2000. [url]https://www.mersenne.ca/status/tf/0/0/4/3900[/url] We achieve this by more bits of TF and deeper P1 especially where B1=B2 or they are relative low. 
First half of 54.5 M
Now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the first half of 54.5 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. Currently working on:  54.36 M, 54.37 M, 54.38 M, 54.39 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the whole 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the first half of 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000) 
Previous ranges 54.36 M, 54.37 M, 54.38 M, 54.39 M (B1=B2≤730,000) should now be finished and I am "unreserving" them.
Report for the whole 54.3 M: 5 factors found in 81 attempts (6.17%). Based on the bounds that were used, expected probability would be between 3.78% and 3.81%. Currently working on:  the whole 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the first half of 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000) 
Second half of 54.5 M
Now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the second half of 54.5 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. Note: this will be the last range I take in Cat 1 for a while. I will be going on a vacation shortly, and my maximum throughput will decrease by about 2/3 and will also become less constant. As a result, I will be moving away from smaller exponents so that those with higher throughput may take them. Currently working on:  the whole 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the whole 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000) 
[QUOTE=Ensigm;563188]Now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the second half of 54.5 M that has B1=B2≤730,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. [/QUOTE] When you are done there could I interest you in bringing that kind of P1 power to these ranges to help with my sub2000 project: 48.4, 49.6 It's just over 1,500 exponents with similarly low B1=B2 And if that's not enough I can find more. Thx 
[QUOTE=petrw1;563195]When you are done there could I interest you in bringing that kind of P1 power to these ranges to help with my sub2000 project:
48.4, 49.6 It's just over 1,500 exponents with similarly low B1=B2 [/QUOTE] I will probably first go over all exponents under M48 with B1=B2<700,000 and no DC. That's gonna be at least until this year's end. Then I will either go into sub2000 project or "regular" firsttime P1, or do both. Also don't think that is lots of P1 power. I'm currently just over 120 GHzd/d and will soon go down to around 40 GHzd/d. If you have over 1,500 exponents spread in 2*0.1M ranges I will probably take only 0.01M at a time. 
Second half of 55 M (B1=B2≤690,000)
Now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the second half of 55 M that has B1=B2≤690,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. Currently working on:  the whole 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the whole 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the second half 55 M (B1=B2≤690,000) 
First half of 56 M (B1=B2≤690,000)
Now "reserving" for 30 days all the exponents in
the first half of 56 M that has B1=B2≤690,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. Will also try to reserve them as TF assignments. [STRIKE]Previous ranges 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000) should now be finished and I am "unreserving" them.[/STRIKE] Edit: one exponent 54482819 still remain WIP. [STRIKE]Report for range 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000): 2 factors found in 40 attempts (5%).[/STRIKE] Expected probability would be 3.81%~3.83%. Currently working on:  the whole 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the whole 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the second half 55 M (B1=B2≤690,000)  the first half 56 M (B1=B2≤690,000) 
Previous ranges 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000) should now be finished and I am "unreserving" them.
Report for range 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000): 2 factors found in 41 attempts (4.88%). Expected probability 3.81%~3.83%. Currently working on:  the whole 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000)  the second half 55 M (B1=B2≤690,000)  the first half 56 M (B1=B2≤690,000) 
36.2M reserved for P1
Thanks

Previous ranges 54.5 M (B1=B2≤730,000) and the second half of 55 M (B1=B2≤690,000) should now be finished and I am "unreserving" them.
Report for range 54.4 M (B1=B2≤730,000): 0 factors found in 18 attempts (0%). Expected probability 3.81%~3.83%. Report for range second half of 55 M (B1=B2≤690,000): 0 factors found in 12 attempts (0%). Expected probability 3.89%~3.92%. Currently working on:  the first half of 56 M (B1=B2≤690,000) 
Now intending to work on the exponents in the second half of 56 M that has B1=B2≤700,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC.
As most of the exponents will be in Cat 3 and higher, I will reserve every exponent as TF before I start my work. If you see an exponent that is not currently reserved in the Primenet system, then it simply means I am not working on it. Declaration here is more for the recording of progress. Currently colloquially "reserved":  the first half 56 M (B1=B2≤690,000) Currently intending to do (will Primenetreserve every exponent before I actually start working on it, so you don't have to avoid anything——there is no risk of me poaching your factor):  the second half 56 M (B1=B2≤700,000) 
Report for the second half of 56 M (B1=B2≤700,000): 2 factors found out of 35 attemps (5.71%). Expected prob. 3.93%~3.94%.
Now intending to work on the exponents in the first half of 57 M that has B1=B2≤700,000 [B]and[/B] without a DC. I will reserve every exponent as TF before I start my work on it, so you don't have to avoid them. Currently informally "reserved":  the first half 56 M (B1=B2≤690,000) Currently planning to do (will Primenetreserve every exponent):  the first half 57 M (B1=B2≤700,000) 
I'm finishing up the exponents in the 13m  13.1m range where B2 < 1.9 million.

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