20140820, 20:01  #1 
"/X\(‘‘)/X\"
Jan 2013
2^{3}·3^{2}·41 Posts 
Double checking, quail factoring, trick question
I understand the the idea with TF is to do it before running LL. Makes sense to me.
I'm a little confused as to when DCTF is taking place. Is it only taking place for exponents that have never had TF done, before running it through LL a second time? So at some point it would be possible to completely finish the DCTF work? 
20140820, 20:31  #2 
"Kieren"
Jul 2011
In My Own Galaxy!
2×3×1,693 Posts 
DCTF is run before LLDC to trial factor to higher levels than before. I think GPUs made these levels much easier to reach than with the CPU TF which was likely used the first time around. Finding a factor saves a DC.

20140820, 20:48  #3 
Mar 2014
Germany
1111000_{2} Posts 
In the time when the now DC candidates were at their first time tests, there were no GPU programs for helping GIMPS, so the TF was done to a level, that finding a factor in the highest possible bitlevel and finishing a LL test needed about the same time.
But now with the GPUs and their much higher performance in TF compared to LL, their sweetspot is about two to three bitlevel higher, so that is what GPUs should do at the time. When the DC wave reaches about 5xM everything there already got TF'ed by the GPUs for first time tests already, so then the DCTF will no longer be there. But until we are there it will be a few more years... 
20140820, 21:54  #4 
"/X\(‘‘)/X\"
Jan 2013
2^{3}·3^{2}·41 Posts 
Thanks for clearing that up :)

20140821, 01:35  #5 
May 2013
East. Always East.
11×157 Posts 
Is there not also the logic that where we run TF to maybe save the LL test, we can also run TF to save the DC? Or are the optimal limits for LLTF already considering that two tests would be saved?

20140821, 12:23  #6 
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"Tim Sorbera"
Aug 2006
San Antonio, TX USA
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The optimal limits for LLTF do consider that two tests will be saved. This means that only large changes to the optimal TF depth, e.g. because of the advent of TF on GPUs, can make DCTF worth it: what was once sufficient TF to save 2 LLs is no longer sufficient for just 1 LL.

20140821, 13:24  #7  
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2·5,227 Posts 
Quote:
And to answer the implicit question, yes, at some point in the future there will no longer be any DCTF'ing to be done because it would have been covered by the LLTF'ing; but that's a LONG way off (approximately four (4) years). 

20140821, 15:28  #8 
"GIMFS"
Sep 2002
Oeiras, Portugal
2^{9}·3 Posts 
Unless... MUCH faster GPUs (or whatever devices suitable for TFing) appear in the meantime.

20140821, 16:09  #9 
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
2×5,227 Posts 

20140821, 17:19  #10 
Romulan Interpreter
"name field"
Jun 2011
Thailand
2·17·293 Posts 
... or unless LaurV gets angry with the second table...
(BTW, Chris, I said once but you didn't pay attention, the last 4 cells in the "72" column, of the second table, they have to be white, and not yellow, i.e. 56M to 59M, they have to be DCed to 73, and not 72  the cut point is somewhere at 56.5 even for the lousiest cards) Last fiddled with by LaurV on 20140821 at 17:19 
20140821, 18:33  #11  
If I May
"Chris Halsall"
Sep 2002
Barbados
10454_{10} Posts 
Quote:
56M and above are about three years out. I think I have enough time to correct the rendering by that time. Deal with it. () 

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