January 20, 2016

Squirrels Developer Tweets 22-Million-Digit Number

Earlier this month, the Squirrels supercomputer verified the largest prime number discovered to date. The prime is unfathomably large at 22,338,618 digits. That’s a number with more than seven million commas!

To showcase just how big the number is, and of course to further programming knowledge, developer Matt Bowen created a Twitter account that is currently tweeting the number.

At a rate of one tweet every 38 seconds, the account will be tweeting for three months. Each tweet contains 100 digits, and in total, the account will send 223,386 tweets. Don’t worry, Bowen isn’t sending the tweets himself. The process is automated.

Check out @LargestPrimeNum on Twitter to see the digits.

Prime Number in Book Form

 

January 19, 2016

Squirrels Supercomputer Verifies Largest Prime Number Ever Discovered

We’re excited to announce that one of our workplace hobbies recently contributed to a monumental discovery in mathematics.

Members of our team began building a supercomputer during summer 2015 as part of our 10% program that allows employees to use 10% of every week to work on projects that help them develop professionally. The supercomputer they built is 2400 times faster than today’s average consumer system, and it’s unofficially ranked as the 182nd most powerful system in the world.

Squirrels Supercomputer

Supercomputers can be used for a number of things, but the team joined their newly created system in a coordinated global effort to find the largest prime number ever discovered—GIMPS.

Big task, right? Months of research, infrastructure enhancements and computing paid off this month when a prime number consisting of 22,338,618 digits was found. That’s a number with more than seven million commas in it. The discovery came after 31 days of non-stop computing on a University of Central Missouri computer volunteered by Dr. Curtis Cooper, a professor at the university.

After Dr. Cooper’s discovery, our supercomputer went on a 55-hour sprint to verify the largest prime number he had discovered. The number is much too large to write out, but it is mathematically represented as 274,207,281-1. Written out, the number would stretch for more than 68 miles. The discovery is included in a rare class of primes known as Mersenne primes and is the first of its kind discovered since 2013. This number is one of only 49 Mersenne primes discovered in more than 500 years.

Squirrels SupercomputerOn a normal consumer computer, the verification would have taken months, but the Squirrels system cut this time to just over two days. The risk of an error in the initial discovery is around 2 in 100, but the verification done by Squirrels on different hardware than Dr. Cooper creates an impossibly small margin of error.

The search for primes is never-ending. There will always be greater and greater primes discovered as hardware and software capabilities continue to improve. However, the technology that is developed in the search for primes can have a huge impact elsewhere, such as protein and enzyme analysis in diseases and cancers.

Our supercomputer project is central to Squirrels’ goal in education to excite students and drive them toward interests in math and science. We plan to contribute to other high-profile research projects and not just continue research with prime numbers.

Supercomputer

Other projects may include protein folding analysis to help find cures for diseases, deep learning algorithms for rapidly identifying cancerous cells in medical images and extremely detailed physics and chemical simulations to identify potential improvements in battery and other technologies.

For more detailed information and photos, read our press release.

November 12, 2015

Squirrels Named a Top 25 Cool Tech Company in NorthEast Ohio

Since 2013, Inside Business Magazine has hosted the Cool Tech Awards. This year, Squirrels is proud to be named one of the top 25 coolest tech companies in Northeast Ohio. Squirrels also won this award in 2014 along with an award for coolest app.

We’re excited to be part of a growing tech community in the area!

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September 14, 2015

#SquirrelsDoOBX15: 2015 Company Retreat

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In June of 2014, while sitting in a beach house on the shores of the British Virgin Islands, 22 people set goals and a course of action for the year to come. We did not meet those goals.

We exceeded them.

In August of 2015, 29 people gathered on the shores of the Outer Banks in North Carolina to reflect on the past year and our bounty of successes. We looked at our products, finances, the market, what we did right and what we could do better. We all knew that the countless cups of coffee, handfuls of candy and sleepless nights were worth it.

But we’re not stopping there.

This year, #TeamSquirrels vows to continue to innovate. We’re listening to our customers, adapting to the markets and will develop products and programs that greatly benefit our loyal users. We’re dedicated to being at the forefront of “the latest-and-greatest” and are looking forward to another exciting year.

Stay tuned for the fruits of our retreat. In the meantime, check out some pictures from our week in OBX!

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January 2, 2015

And the Squirrels 2014 Fantasy Football Winner is…..

Matt Elsey! He secured this year’s Fantasy Football victory by a single point! In second place is a bitter Kyle Gritzan with Sid Keith rounding out the top three.

Our 2013 winner, Dustin, reluctantly handed over the trophy with promises to reign again next year.

Congrats, Matt!

About Us

Squirrels is a software development company based in North Canton, Ohio. We create high-quality, budget-friendly screen mirroring and device management software that’s compatible with today’s most popular devices. To date, our software can be found in hundreds of thousands of classrooms, businesses and homes. Follow our blog for all the latest product updates, Squirrels news and technology insight!