Microsoft Contest Uncovers Prime Number Over 324,000 Digits Long

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kc117mx

now I have to change my password again! Thanks MS!

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wolfing

is this really the best use of CPU cycles?

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Scatter

Is there a shortage of them?

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wolfing

DNA sequencing seems to me a better use

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VoodooChicken

To put it in perspective, a "googol" is 101 digit number (1 followed by 100 zeroes). There isn't a googol of ANYTHING in the observable universe; not total sum of subatomic particles, not measurable distance of Planck lengths across all galactic space, etc. This cloud project is dealing with numbers far beyond a googol (but still less than a googolplex!)

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MaximumMike

And then there's Graham's number.