asymptotically fast Jacobi symbol
Paul Zimmermann
Paul.Zimmermann at loria.fr
Sat Jan 23 18:59:46 CET 2010
> GMP 5.0.0 implements a quadratic algorithm for the Jacobi symbol. In
> http://wwwmaths.anu.edu.au/~brent/pub/pub236.html we describe a subquadratic
> algorithm, and exhibit speedups of almost a factor of 100 over GMP (which is
> very difficult to achieve).
>
> Nice work!
thank you.
> I don't understand your comment about difficultly of 100x speedup.
> Surely 100x is not difficult to achieve when comparing a O(n^2)
> algorithm with a O(M(n)log(n)) algorithm?
I meant there are now only few functions where GMP implements
sub-optimal algorithms (with respect to the state-of-the-art).
The Jacobi symbol is one of those.
> When comparing the fast GCD algorithms, Niels' ngcd is the current
> champion. Your and Stehlé's right-to-left algorithm is unfortunately
> slower. (I write unfortunately since its relative simplicity is a great
> advantage from an implementation perspective.)
this is not completely correct. As demonstrated on
http://www.loria.fr/~zimmerma/mca/pub226.html, our right-to-left algorithm
is 6.3% faster than mpz_gcd for 10^8 limbs.
> Which algorithm do you expect to be fastest for Jacobi symbol
> computation, one based on ngcd, or your present suggestion?
I have no definite answer to that. You need to implement one
based on ngcd and compare.
Paul
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