There are more primes out there," Woltman says, "and anyone with a reasonably powerful personal computer can join GIMPS
and become a big prime hunter.
The discovery is the fifth record prime found by the GIMPS project, and the third discovered using Entropia's Grid for distributed computing.
I put GIMPS on my PC because it does not interfere with my work on the computer.
In addition to congratulating Michael Cameron, we wish to thank all 130,000 volunteer home users, students, schools, universities and businesses from around the world that participate in GIMPS," said GIMPS founder George Woltman.
To date, GIMPS participants have found the four largest known primes.
With the permission of a supervisor, Blosser had installed GIMPS software on the company's computers to search for Mersenne primes.
Roughly 2 to 4 percent of all machines used in the GIMPS
project run into problems, Woltman says.