The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm.
"We're delighted," said UCLA's Edson Smith, the leader of the effort. "Now we're looking for the next one, despite the odds."
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See the gory details @ http://www.math.ucla.edu/~edson/prime/ like the following question and answer:
Q. When did the discovery occur? What kind of computer was used?
A. The UCLA Mersenne Prime was reported on August 23, 2008 on a computer named zeppelin.pic.ucla.edu, a Dell Optiplex 745 running Windows XP with an Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 CPU running at 2.4 GHz. The name "zeppelin" was part of our Classic Rock Band series of computers.
Glad they weren’t using OS X or Linux. I’m a PC. I rock Zeppelin. Grin.