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Old 2003-06-23, 16:47   #1
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I thought I'd start a thread about the direction and future of GIMPS. Just ideas and thoughts on what people want to see happen and any suggestions to that end.
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Old 2003-06-23, 22:22   #2
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One thing I've thought would be nifty would be to automate the process of factoring 'small' M-numbers with ECM or P-1. Right now, the system is to pick something, work on it, and e-mail the results to George. I imagine that it would be something of a time saver both for George and for the participants if this kind of work could be rolled into the Primenet server.

Other than that, I think it would be a good idea to standardize the primenet protocols so someone could build clients around Mlucas or Glucas for non-x86 platforms so they could get assignments and send results automatically.

I don't mean to impugn any of the hard work that George and others have put into the software (especially since I have done nothing to contribute). Basically, I think some added convenience could help us expand the user base and get us to 79.3M that much more quickly :) .
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[quote="apocalypse"]One thing I've thought would be nifty would be to automate the process of factoring 'small' M-numbers with ECM or P-1. Right now, the system is to pick something, work on it, and e-mail the results to George. I imagine that it would be something of a time saver both for George and for the participants if this kind of work could be rolled into the Primenet server.[quote]

To some extent this already exists in the form of the ECMNET client/server approach. The master server is generally loaded with numbers from one of the Cunningham tables and Mersenne numbers are merely a special case of these. Right now the server is loaded with the 3+ table (i.e. numbers of the form 3^n+1) but the 2- table is loaded from time to time.

Anyone interested in investigating ECMNET clients should go to Paul Zimmermann's ECMNET page at http://www.loria.fr/~zimmerma/records/ecmnet.html in the first instance and then perhaps contacting me if more assistance is required.


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