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Parallel Algorithms for Integer Factorisation
"... The problem of finding the prime factors of large composite numbers has always been of mathematical interest. With the advent of public key cryptosystems it is also of practical importance, because the security of some of these cryptosystems, such as the RivestShamirAdelman (RSA) system, depends o ..."
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The problem of finding the prime factors of large composite numbers has always been of mathematical interest. With the advent of public key cryptosystems it is also of practical importance, because the security of some of these cryptosystems, such as the RivestShamirAdelman (RSA) system, depends on the difficulty of factoring the public keys. In recent years the best known integer factorisation algorithms have improved greatly, to the point where it is now easy to factor a 60decimal digit number, and possible to factor numbers larger than 120 decimal digits, given the availability of enough computing power. We describe several algorithms, including the elliptic curve method (ECM), and the multiplepolynomial quadratic sieve (MPQS) algorithm, and discuss their parallel implementation. It turns out that some of the algorithms are very well suited to parallel implementation. Doubling the degree of parallelism (i.e. the amount of hardware devoted to the problem) roughly increases the size of a number which can be factored in a fixed time by 3 decimal digits. Some recent computational results are mentioned – for example, the complete factorisation of the 617decimal digit Fermat number F11 = 2211 + 1 which was accomplished using ECM.
A study of Coppersmith's block Wiedemann algorithm using matrix polynomials
 LMCIMAG, REPORT # 975 IM
, 1997
"... We analyse a randomized block algorithm proposed by Coppersmith for solving large sparse systems of linear equations, Aw = 0, over a finite field K =GF(q). It is a modification of an algorithm of Wiedemann. Coppersmith has given heuristic arguments to understand why the algorithm works. But it was a ..."
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We analyse a randomized block algorithm proposed by Coppersmith for solving large sparse systems of linear equations, Aw = 0, over a finite field K =GF(q). It is a modification of an algorithm of Wiedemann. Coppersmith has given heuristic arguments to understand why the algorithm works. But it was an open question to prove that it may produce a solution, with positive probability, for small finite fields e.g. for K =GF(2). We answer this question nearly completely. The algorithm uses two random matrices X and Y of dimensions m \Theta N and N \Theta n. Over any finite field, we show how the parameters m and n of the algorithm may be tuned so that, for any input system, a solution is computed with high probability. Conversely, for certain particular input systems, we show that the conditions on the input parameters may be relaxed to ensure the success. We also improve the probability bound of Kaltofen in the case of large cardinality fields. Lastly, for the sake of completeness of the...
Factorization Of The Tenth Fermat Number
 MATH. COMP
, 1999
"... We describe the complete factorization of the tenth Fermat number F 10 by the elliptic curve method (ECM). F 10 is a product of four prime factors with 8, 10, 40 and 252 decimal digits. The 40digit factor was found after about 140 Mflopyears of computation. We also discuss the complete factor ..."
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We describe the complete factorization of the tenth Fermat number F 10 by the elliptic curve method (ECM). F 10 is a product of four prime factors with 8, 10, 40 and 252 decimal digits. The 40digit factor was found after about 140 Mflopyears of computation. We also discuss the complete factorization of other Fermat numbers by ECM, and summarize the factorizations of F 5 ; : : : ; F 11 .
Factorization of a 768bit RSA modulus
, 2010
"... This paper reports on the factorization of the 768bit number RSA768 by the number field sieve factoring method and discusses some implications for RSA. ..."
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This paper reports on the factorization of the 768bit number RSA768 by the number field sieve factoring method and discusses some implications for RSA.
Recent progress and prospects for integer factorisation algorithms
 In Proc. of COCOON 2000
, 2000
"... Abstract. The integer factorisation and discrete logarithm problems are of practical importance because of the widespread use of public key cryptosystems whose security depends on the presumed difficulty of solving these problems. This paper considers primarily the integer factorisation problem. In ..."
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Abstract. The integer factorisation and discrete logarithm problems are of practical importance because of the widespread use of public key cryptosystems whose security depends on the presumed difficulty of solving these problems. This paper considers primarily the integer factorisation problem. In recent years the limits of the best integer factorisation algorithms have been extended greatly, due in part to Moore’s law and in part to algorithmic improvements. It is now routine to factor 100decimal digit numbers, and feasible to factor numbers of 155 decimal digits (512 bits). We outline several integer factorisation algorithms, consider their suitability for implementation on parallel machines, and give examples of their current capabilities. In particular, we consider the problem of parallel solution of the large, sparse linear systems which arise with the MPQS and NFS methods. 1
Factorization of the tenth and eleventh Fermat numbers
, 1996
"... . We describe the complete factorization of the tenth and eleventh Fermat numbers. The tenth Fermat number is a product of four prime factors with 8, 10, 40 and 252 decimal digits. The eleventh Fermat number is a product of five prime factors with 6, 6, 21, 22 and 564 decimal digits. We also note a ..."
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. We describe the complete factorization of the tenth and eleventh Fermat numbers. The tenth Fermat number is a product of four prime factors with 8, 10, 40 and 252 decimal digits. The eleventh Fermat number is a product of five prime factors with 6, 6, 21, 22 and 564 decimal digits. We also note a new 27decimal digit factor of the thirteenth Fermat number. This number has four known prime factors and a 2391decimal digit composite factor. All the new factors reported here were found by the elliptic curve method (ECM). The 40digit factor of the tenth Fermat number was found after about 140 Mflopyears of computation. We discuss aspects of the practical implementation of ECM, including the use of specialpurpose hardware, and note several other large factors found recently by ECM. 1. Introduction For a nonnegative integer n, the nth Fermat number is F n = 2 2 n + 1. It is known that F n is prime for 0 n 4, and composite for 5 n 23. Also, for n 2, the factors of F n are of th...
Approximating Rings of Integers in Number Fields
, 1994
"... In this paper we study the algorithmic problem of finding the ring of integers of a given algebraic number field. In practice, this problem is often considered to be wellsolved, but theoretical results indicate that it is intractable for number fields that are defined by equations with very large ..."
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In this paper we study the algorithmic problem of finding the ring of integers of a given algebraic number field. In practice, this problem is often considered to be wellsolved, but theoretical results indicate that it is intractable for number fields that are defined by equations with very large coefficients. Such fields occur in the number field sieve algorithm for factoring integers. Applying a variant of a standard algorithm for finding rings of integers, one finds a subring of the number field that one may view as the "best guess" one has for the ring of integers. This best guess is probably often correct. Our main concern is what can be proved about this subring. We show that it has a particularly transparent local structure, which is reminiscent of the structure of tamely ramified extensions of local fields. A major portion of the paper is devoted to the study of rings that are "tame" in our more general sense. As a byproduct, we prove complexity results that elaborate upon a ...
On the factorization of RSA120
, 1994
"... We present data concerning the factorization of the 120digit number RSA120, which we factored on July 9, 1993, using the quadratic sieve method. The factorization took approximately 825 MIPS years and was completed within three months real time. At the time of writing RSA120 is the largest inte ..."
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We present data concerning the factorization of the 120digit number RSA120, which we factored on July 9, 1993, using the quadratic sieve method. The factorization took approximately 825 MIPS years and was completed within three months real time. At the time of writing RSA120 is the largest integer ever factored by a general purpose factoring algorithm. We also present some conservative extrapolations to estimate the difficulty of factoring even larger numbers, using either the quadratic sieve method or the number field sieve, and discuss the issue of the crossover point between these two methods.
Improvements to the general number field sieve for discrete logarithms in prime fields
 Mathematics of Computation
, 2003
"... Abstract. In this paper, we describe many improvements to the number field sieve. Our main contribution consists of a new way to compute individual logarithms with the number field sieve without solving a very large linear system for each logarithm. We show that, with these improvements, the number ..."
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Abstract. In this paper, we describe many improvements to the number field sieve. Our main contribution consists of a new way to compute individual logarithms with the number field sieve without solving a very large linear system for each logarithm. We show that, with these improvements, the number field sieve outperforms the gaussian integer method in the hundred digit range. We also illustrate our results by successfully computing discrete logarithms with GNFS in a large prime field. 1.