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I want my blog to appear in 4 or 5 places so different people in different commmunities will read it. reply mersenne

April 17, 2009 the search for mersenne primes helps mathematicians harness personal computers around the world to search for really large prime numbers

A nice feature of the PRNG in the statistics library is that it has a cleaner interface than mersennerandom.

As the numbers indicate, the MWC256 implementation in the statistics library is up to 3 times faster than the mersennerandom library, and often faster than the C code you'd expect to encounter in practice.

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GIMPS harnesses the power of thousands of small computers like yours to search for these "needles in a haystack". www. mersenne.org as of 9 / 11 / 08.

The chance of finding a mersenne prime is pretty low, and takes about 2 months on a reasonably decent processor running 24 / 7 to confirm a single number.
Bosporan commented on the word mersenne
mersenne numbers are the series of numbers which are one less than a power of 2. Mersenne was a 17 cent mathematician monk. Mersenne primes are the subset of mersenne numbers which are prime  the first few being 3, 7, 31, 127 ... 47 of them have been discovered but it may be that there are an infinite number.
January 9, 2013