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Graduate Student Number Theory Learning Seminar

The Quadratic and Number Field Sieves

Alexander Walker - Rutgers University

Location:  Hill 423
Date & time: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at 11:00AM - 12:00PM

Abstract: The quadratic sieve and number field sieve are the two fastest factoring algorithms known today. In this talk, I'll describe in detail how the quadratic sieve works and remind you about all the horrible things that can happen when we try to do computations using number fields. I will also talk about how these two algorithms developed out of similar, simpler factoring algorithms (like CFRAC and the linear sieve) from the earlier twentieth century.

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