[Numpy-discussion] curious FFFT timing

Scott Ransom ransom at cfa.harvard.edu
Tue Apr 3 21:05:13 EDT 2001

Hi Eric,

> Any one want to speculate on the timing difference for the 4095 vice
> 4096 long transforms ?
> Since 4095 is not a power of two I would have expected a greater time
> difference (DFT vice FFT)

You are correct in that 4095 is not a power of two, but is is the
product of only small prime factors:
3 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 13 = 4095

Since the FFT code implements a N*log_2(N) algorithm for numbers that
contain only small prime factors, the difference in times is rather
small.  FFTs that have lengths that are powers-of-two tend to be more
efficient in general (since the decimation routines are cleaner for this

If you test with 4097 (17 * 241) it will be quite a bit slower I'd


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