New Largest Prime Number Discovered.

A U.S. mathematician used a giant network of computers to find a new prime number–17,425,170 digits long.

The largest prime number that has been discovered was 17,425,170 digits long. The new prime number crushes the previous one discovered in 2008, which was a paltry 12,978,189 digits long. Number  2 raised to the 57,885,161 power minus 1 — was discovered by University of Central Missouri mathematician Curtis Cooper as part of a giant network of volunteer computers devoted to finding the prime number.The total computing power to find it was 360,000 processors operating at 150 trillion calculations per second.

 

Curtis Cooper

Curtis Cooper