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14-Year-Old Finds a Way to Accelerate Calculations Using 'Antiprime' Numbers

By Society for Science

November 1, 2021

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Akilan Sankaran, 14, Albuquerque, N.M., was awarded the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize for a computer program he wrote that can calculate "highly divisible numbers," sometimes called antiprime numbers, that are over 1,000 digits long. Sankaran created a new class of functions to measure a number's divisibility.

The program has the potential capacity to speed up and optimize the performance of software and apps.

The Samueli Foundation Prize is the top award in the Broadcom Masters, a premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. Thirty finalists took home more than $100,000 in awards. Other top winners took on issues ranging from wildfires to obesity to water and light pollution.

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