## Factoring by electronic mail (1990)

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### BibTeX

@MISC{Lenstra90factoringby,

author = {Arjen K. Lenstra and Mark S. Manasse},

title = {Factoring by electronic mail},

year = {1990}

}

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### Abstract

In this paper we describe our distributed implementation of two factoring algorithms. the elliptic curve method (ecm) and the multiple polynomial quadratic sieve algorithm (mpqs). Since the summer of 1987. our erm-implementation on a network of MicroVAX processors at DEC’s Systems Research Center has factored several most and more wanted numbers from the Cun-ningham project. In the summer of 1988. we implemented the multiple polynomial quadratic sieve algorithm on rhe same network On this network alone. we are now able to factor any!@I digit integer, or to find 35 digit factors of numbers up to 150 digits long within one month. To allow an even wider distribution of our programs we made use of electronic mail networks For the distribution of the programs and for inter-processor communicatton. Even during the mitial stage of this experiment machines all over the United States and at various places in Europe and Ausnalia conhibuted 15 percent of the total factorization effort. At all the sites where our program is running we only use cycles that would otherwise have been idle. This shows that the enormous computational task of factoring 100 digit integers with the current algoritluns can be completed almost for free. Since we use a negligible fraction of the idle cycles of alI the machines on the worldwide elecnonic mail networks. we could factor 100 digit integers within a few days with a little more help.