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For integers $1\leq a<b$ let $D(a,b)$ be the minimal value of $n_k$ such that there exist integers $1\leq n_1<\cdots <n_k$ with \[\frac{a}{b}=\frac{1}{n_1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n_k}.\] Estimate $D(b)=\max_{1\leq a<b}D(a,b)$. Is it true that \[D(b) \ll b(\log b)^{1+o(1)}?\]
Bleicher and Erdős [BlEr76] have shown that \[D(b)\ll b(\log b)^2.\] If $b=p$ is a prime then \[D(p) \gg p\log p.\]

This was solved by Yokota [Yo88], who proved that \[D(b)\ll b(\log b)(\log\log b)^4(\log\log\log b)^2.\] This was improved by Liu and Sawhney [LiSa24] to \[D(b)\ll b(\log b)(\log\log b)^3(\log\log\log b)^{O(1)}.\]