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16842Prime95, glitch or reality?

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  • j_m_berg
    Jul 3, 2005
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      I've been running Prime95 with a smaller B1/B2 and a huge exponent
      (M33554432).

      I realized this morning that the box has been stuck on the same curve
      for the last 18 hours, when it normally finishes a curve in 2 hours.
      So I checked the Prime95 folder and found a results.txt file with the
      following entry.

      - - -
      [Sat Jul 02 16:05:36 2005]
      ECM found a factor in curve #11, stage #1
      Sigma=4573583067221178, B1=2000, B2=200000.
      - - -

      The screen display shows that Prime95 has finished stage-1 and
      appears to be initializing for stage-2. No mention of a factor on the
      screen display and no mention in results.txt as to what the factor
      supposably is. And Prime95 is still chewing up 100% of the CPU.

      So thinking it may have been a glitch, I switched to another box with
      more memory. I attempted to run the same identical curve with the
      same B1/B2 and same sigma. Darned if it didn't go through the curve
      without finding any factors.

      Both boxes have the same lowm.txt and both boxes appear to have run
      the same identical curve. Box-1 is still stuck (using 100% of the
      CPU) and box-2 claims there was no factor.

      Do I assume a glitch on box-1 and box-2 is correct? Or is there a
      chance that box-2 didn't run an identical curve? Or is it time to
      stick to smaller exponents since Prime95 sometimes seems to have
      problems with very large factors when running ECM?
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