[rc5] Future of Distributed Computing

Jeff Woods jeff at delta.com
Fri Oct 24 10:25:35 EDT 1997

At 05:11 PM 10/23/97 -0600, you wrote:

>   The Mersenne primes project is, as the distributed.net web pages
>point out, a never-ending filler.  Please enlighten a poor
>math-ignoramus:  what use are Mersenne primes?

Your name in the record books -- that's about it.   As the size of the
things grow, it becomes tougher and tougher to find more.   Only 36 have
been found in all of HISTORY, and a P-200 now takes about two weeks to test
a SINGLE candidate.  If you find one, your name will forever be in the
history books.   If you crack RC5-64, your name will be forgotten in a
matter of weeks.

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