## Discrete Logarithms: the Effectiveness of the Index Calculus Method (1996)

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@MISC{Schirokauer96discretelogarithms:,

author = {Oliver Schirokauer and Damian Weber and Thomas Denny},

title = {Discrete Logarithms: the Effectiveness of the Index Calculus Method},

year = {1996}

}

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### Abstract

. In this article we survey recent developments concerning the discrete logarithm problem. Both theoretical and practical results are discussed. We emphasize the case of finite fields, and in particular, recent modifications of the index calculus method, including the number field sieve and the function field sieve. We also provide a sketch of the some of the cryptographic schemes whose security depends on the intractibility of the discrete logarithm problem. 1 Introduction Let G be a cyclic group generated by an element t. The discrete logarithm problem in G is to compute for any b 2 G the least non-negative integer e such that t e = b. In this case, we write log t b = e. Our purpose, in this paper, is to survey recent work on the discrete logarithm problem. Our approach is twofold. On the one hand, we consider the problem from a purely theoretical perspective. Indeed, the algorithms that have been developed to solve it not only explore the fundamental nature of one of the basic s...