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Old 2010-05-24, 21:14   #1
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Default Prime95 featured in Maximum PC!

Prime95 has been featured in the June/July issue of Maximum PC. The program is even included on the accompanying CD-ROM! However, the magazine talks about Prime95 more as stress testing tool rather than a program for finding prime numbers. As a result, most readers who decide to use Prime95 for benchmarking purposes probably won't bother to join GIMPS afterwards. Damn leeches. It's nice to see GIMPS get some exposure, though!

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Old 2010-05-24, 23:18   #2
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As a result, most readers who decide to use Prime95 for benchmarking purposes probably won't bother to join GIMPS afterwards.
But this is in accord with a familiar successful Internet business model:

Give away software with some useful function (stress-testing, in prime95's case), in order to entice a portion (which doesn't have to be large to make the scheme worthwhile) of those so introduced to "pay" you (with assignment-processing, in GIMPS's case) for further functionality (the LL, TF, P-1 and ECM portions of prime95, plus the feedback of PrimeNet rankings and individual/team statistics).

We don't need to have "most" of those who decide to use prime95 for benchmarking or stress-testing purposes to join GIMPS -- a modest percentage is still a net win for this project, right?

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Damn leeches.
But someone using the stress-test function of prime95 isn't taking anything away from GIMPS aside from a very small sliver of bandwidth for downloading the software, is s/he? Is there evidence that stress-testing-only downloaders are using so much of GIMPS's bandwidth that they impact assignment-processing users?

I recommend considering the small slice of bandwidth used by downloading stress-testers to be an advertising/recruitment expense, not "blood".

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It's nice to see GIMPS get some exposure, though!
Yes.

I think that having made "prime95" a well-known brand name and well-used product outside the GIMPS community is quite an achievement in itself. It's become almost as well-known as "memtest", I think. How about that, in addition to GIMPS's already having become the first successful large-scale distributed-computing project (despite frequent confusion with seti@home in that regard)?

There may come a time when "prime95" becomes a new entry (with appropriate notes on capitalization, perhaps) in one or more standard dictionaries.

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Old 2010-05-30, 21:43   #3
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It would be nice if these overclocker's communities would point out that the best test is to do double checks continuously on at least one core per machine. :)
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Right, right, you´re bloody well right...
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It would be nice if these overclocker's communities would point out that the best test is to do double checks continuously on at least one core per machine. :)
That would be a continuous check on the machine's stability. If it starts throwing mis-matches, they would know that there is a problem with the machine.
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Old 2010-05-31, 14:11   #6
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How about that, in addition to GIMPS's already having become the first successful large-scale distributed-computing project (despite frequent confusion with seti@home in that regard)?
The RSA-129 project was started in 1993 and was successful in 1994. It was certainly a distributed-computing project and, IMAO, large-scale.

AFAIK, it preceded both prime95 and seti@home.

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The RSA-129 project was started in 1993 and was successful in 1994. It was certainly a distributed-computing project and, IMAO, large-scale
Was that open to general public or only a selected group of participants?

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Was that open to general public or only a selected group of participants?
Well they let me help! It was generally open to anyone, announced in a math newsgroup if I remember right.
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The RSA-129 project was started in 1993 and was successful in 1994. It was certainly a distributed-computing project and, IMAO, large-scale.
Thanks for the correction.
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The RSA-129 project was started in 1993 and was successful in 1994. It was certainly a distributed-computing project and, IMAO, large-scale.

AFAIK, it preceded both prime95 and seti@home.

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gimps would be the oldest ONGOING project then.
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gimps would be the oldest ONGOING project then.
"oldest established, permanent floating,"

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