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New Mersenne Prime

Robert D. Silverman Jan 6, 1994 10:16 AM
Posted in group: sci.crypt

I just received the following letter from David Slowinski, in which he
announces the discovery of a new Mersenne prime.

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Subject: Re: large prime
Status: R

2**859433-1 is prime.

Paul Gage and I found it while testing system
software on a C90 at the Cray Research central
computing facility.  The Lucas-Lehmer test ran
in 25,924 cpu seconds.  I still do the "old" non-elastic
transform multiply.  

Richard Crandall has independently verified this exponent.

Best regards,

Bob Silverman
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