20060108, 09:54  #1 
Jun 2003
3×5×107 Posts 
Time to complete project
Does anyone know how many years/hrs/min/ sec it will take to complete the project. THis will give us a better idea of how to proceed. How many machines we need etc.
In order to do so we need benchmarks of various n values. Do 100 iterations and calc average time per iterations. This need to be done, each time FFT length changes. Anyone with expert knowledge on how to make these calculations? Thanks, Citrix 
20060108, 10:20  #2 
Feb 2003
Istanbul
34_{16} Posts 
I think hunting primes in the near future is more important than the iteration times.
If we can hunt 1 or 2 primes until the n=2000000 barrier, it will be easy to recruit some more members (without losing some), and the computing power of the project will increase. And, IMHO, density of the numbers to test is more important than iteration times. So, after we pass the n=2150000 barrier FFT length will increase and sieving will be more important. I hope the gap between 16000 and 85000 closes until then because sieving those ranges only eliminates candidates above 20M. As a result, the first priority, IMHO, must be recruiting new members. And we must discuss how we can recruit them. After we pass to 224 K FFT length (I think it will take 45 months) we will have a better idea (if we can eliminate some k's). drakkar67 
20060108, 10:24  #3 
Jun 2003
3·5·107 Posts 
I am just interested in a rough estimate as what is the maximum time the project can take, if we do not find any prime till 50M. (Assuming we do not sieve any more)
Citrix 
20060108, 15:55  #4 
Jun 2005
373 Posts 
Back of the envelope style.
We have 1.5 million tests until 50 M. Say we find some primes, sieve etc. and need to do only 500000 of them. One test takes one week on an average computer, given n=7M (some will take much longer, or a little less). So we have 500000 computer weeks, or 10000 computer years. If we had 1000 computers, it would still take more than ten years to 50M. . The good news is: We might be done until then, too, while Seti will be still wasting electricity on s. Let's just continue crunching, and not too much worry about the future. H. 
20060108, 19:05  #5  
Dec 2005
2·3^{3} Posts 
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I think not... so who knows if they haven't already picked up bits of it already? Ok... I won't continue this line of thought because I know this would lead to an immense debate that is totally offtopic on a maths forum. Just try to forget I said all that... 

20060109, 03:45  #6  
Dec 2005
313 Posts 
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