integer multiplication

geremy condra debatem1 at
Mon Apr 4 03:46:54 CEST 2011

On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 6:41 PM, Eddie Tsay <jianyu44 at> wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 6:33 PM, geremy condra <debatem1 at> wrote:
>> On Sun, Apr 3, 2011 at 6:20 PM, Eddie Tsay <jianyu44 at> wrote:
>> > Does anyone know what algorithms for integer multiplication does Python
>> > use?
>> > I am trying to compare it to those used by Sage as it seems like it
>> > takes
>> > much longer for Python to do large integer multiplication as compared to
>> > Sage (anyone know off the top of their heads?)
>> > thank you
>> (sorry for the double email, this was supposed to go to the list)
>> Karatsuba multiplication, at least for large integers.
>> Geremy Condra
> Thank you for replying to my question.
> Do you have any idea how I would be able to find how they do this
> multiplication in the python source code? I've been poking around the
> documentation and can't find the area where they outline it.
> Thank you for your reply =)
> Eddie

In the Python3 source tarball its in Objects/longobject.c. I only have
the 3.2a1 tarball on this machine, but I found the 'grade school'
method implemented in x_mul on line 2765 of that file and karatsuba
multiplication as k_mul on line 2890. YMMV depending on what version
you're looking at.

Just as a side-note, top-posting is considered a minor breach of
netiquette on python-list. I've rearranged the reply correctly here.

Geremy Condra

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