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hhh 2007-06-21 19:55

How do we continue sieving?
After having finished sieving to 5M (:applause:) it has become a bit quiet in the forum; That isn't neccessarily bad, but I would like to animate the debate with a question.

I just finished sieving the range from 5-25M up to p=100G. It took about a month on a P4. How do we continue?

Citrix 2007-06-21 20:30

I suggest 5-100M and give some competision to GIMPS.:popcorn:
(Perhaps some one could host a LLRnet server so we can get more users)

geoff 2007-06-22 02:32

I think sieving 5M-10M is about right, because:

1. Unlike sieving k*b^n+c where the efficiency of the sieve is greatly increased by sieving a large range at once, with the current sieves for this project there is not as much lost by sieving in stages 5M-10M, 10M-15M, etc.

2. A big motivation for this project is that there is no known prime of the form we seek. If we find one, then there may not be very much interest in continuing the search to find a second one, which means any extra sieving would be wasted.

3. It is quite possible for the sieve to become 50% faster in the future, but quite unlikely that LLR will become 50% faster. Because of this it would not be a good idea to spend too much time in sieving too far in advance of LLR.

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