A grand coding challenge: finding a new largest known prime

2-3pm, 7th November

UCL-Cisco Visiting Speakers Event

Could you find the next largest known prime?

The quest to discover a new largest known prime has been going on for centuries. Today’s largest known prime is 17,425,170 digits long. Prizes of $150,000 and $250,000 are on off to the first published proof of discovery of a prime of at least 100 million and 1 billion digits respectively.

What are some of the best ways to find a new record-sized prime number? This and other prime questions will be explore by Landon Curt Noll.

Landon Curt Noll is the ‘N’ in the widely used FNV hash, and has held or co-held eight world records related to the discovery of large prime numbers. He is technical leader in Cisco’s Data Group.

Knowledge of advanced mathematics is not required for this talk.

Time: 2 -3 pm, 7th November 2013

Location: Roberts 508 ( maps and directions )

Registration is free and open to all, but to manage numbers we appreciate online registration at findingprimes.eventbrite.co.uk