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1996 Factoring integers with large-prime variations of the quadratic sieve
Henk Boender, Herman J. J. te Riele
Experiment. Math. 5(4): 257-273 (1996).


This article is concerned with the large-prime variations of the multipolynomial quadratic sieve factorization method: the PMPQS (one large prime) and the PPMPQS (two). We present the results of many factorization runs with the PMPQS and PPMPQS on SGI workstations and on a Cray C90 vector computer. Experiments show that for our Cray C90 implementations PPMPQS beats PMPQS for numbers of more than 80 digits, and that this crossover point goes down with the amount of available central memory.

For PMPQS we give a formula to predict the total running time based on a short test run. The accuracy of the prediction is within 10\% of the actual running time. For PPMPQS we do not have such a formula. Yet in order to provide measurements to help determining a good choice of the parameters in PPMPQS, we factored many numbers. In addition we give an experimental prediction formula for PPMPQS suitable if one wishes to factor many large numbers of about the same size.


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Henk Boender. Herman J. J. te Riele. "Factoring integers with large-prime variations of the quadratic sieve." Experiment. Math. 5 (4) 257 - 273, 1996.


Published: 1996
First available in Project Euclid: 13 March 2003

zbMATH: 0882.11068
MathSciNet: MR1437217

Primary: 11Y05

Keywords: cluster of workstations , factorization , multiple polynomial quadratic sieve , vector supercomputer

Rights: Copyright © 1996 A K Peters, Ltd.

Vol.5 • No. 4 • 1996
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