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Old 2019-03-21, 05:06   #11
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Originally Posted by Mysticial View Post
We seem to be hitting a lot more Mersenne primes than we should. And there are notoriously large gaps at the smaller sizes. So it's really uncertain if you would be able to find a prime by throwing a ton of resources at it. Likewise, Google probably doesn't want the public to know about the failed projects. So if they threw a ton of resources into GIMPS, they'd either have to do it in secret (maintaining their own version of the database), or they'd collaborate with the GIMPS database and it would be apparent what's going on including if they fail to find a prime.
Of course Amazon did it, so it's not at all unreasonable to suggest Google might (though there are a lot of fish in the sea, I don't think we'll get that lucky).
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