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 Citrix 2006-05-19 23:33

Small distributed projects?

There are several intresting puzzles/open problems on the internet that require some one to write some code and others to run it for a 1-2 months and the puzzle/open problem can be solved.

I would like to start/suggest such a forum where people can post such problems. If the problem is intresting, people can write some code and then others can run it. Most projects here will be small, basically finished in a few weeks.

Here are a few examples of the kind of problems that can be attempted with very little computing power.

Any thoughts:question:

:bow:

 jasong 2006-05-26 04:37

The third thread led me [url=http://www.research.att.com/~njas/sequences/?q=keyword:more]here.[/url]

I would very much enjoy running code for any of these projects.

 bearnol 2006-05-26 13:27

UPINT D9

Citrix,
It's easy to prove a^x-b^y = n [_any_ n] with slight modification of my FLT/Catalan reasoning.
J

 jasong 2006-05-28 19:29

It obviously isn't a "small" project, but I just read in "Scientific America"(I think) that they would like to use computers to prove that there is no Sudoku puzzle with 16 numbers given that has a unique answer.

So far they've found one that has two unique answers, and they've proven it only takes 17 numbers to make a puzzle unique. But they've never found a unique puzzle with 16 numbers given.

The article said it would take about 10,000 computer years to solve with present technology.

 Citrix 2006-05-28 22:15

I don't think there are any easy solutions to this that can be found in 2-3 weeks on a few computers.

 xilman 2006-05-29 10:07

[QUOTE=jasong]So far they've found one that has two unique answers ...[/QUOTE]
How can something have two [b]unique[/b] answers?

Surely, if the answer is unique there must be precisely one of them.

One of us is missing something. :unsure:

Paul

 Citrix 2006-05-29 10:35

Aren't all solutions unique in themselves?

 Wacky 2006-05-29 11:17

[QUOTE=xilman]How can something have two [b]unique[/b] answers?[/QUOTE]

Paul,
I think that the difficulty is a typographic spelling error. Rather than [b]unique[/b], I think that it should be spelled [b]distinct[/b], or something like that.

 jasong 2007-08-09 21:46

[QUOTE=Wacky;81330]Paul,
I think that the difficulty is a typographic spelling error. Rather than [b]unique[/b], I think that it should be spelled [b]distinct[/b], or something like that.[/QUOTE]
Since this thread has been resurrected by a link from another thread, I'd like to say, yes, it was a typographic error.

 Zeta-Flux 2007-08-10 15:41

I'm surprised that there isn't a distributed project to solve the 7-piece endgame problem (or the 6-piece endgame problem with castling). [For chess.]

 Citrix 2007-08-11 03:02

Is there a reference to this problem? Any code available?

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