tjreedy at udel.edu
Mon Apr 4 18:41:31 CEST 2011
On 4/4/2011 1:51 AM, Paul Rubin wrote:
> I didn't realize Python used Karatsuba. The main issue is probably that
> Python uses a straightforward portable C implementation that's not
> terribly efficient,
but relatively easy for a couple of people to maintain. For (C)Python 3,
which no longer has a C int type, I believe changes were focused on
making calculations with small integers almost as fast as in 2.x.
(I believe that retaining two implementations internally was considered
but rejected. Could be wrong.)
>If you look for the gmpy module, it gives you a way to use gmp from
>Python. In crypto code (lots of 1024 bit modular exponentials) I think
>I found gmpy to be around 4x faster than Python longs.
For specialized use, specialized gmpy is the way to go.
I am curious how gmpy compares to 3.x ints (longs) with small number
calculations like 3+5 or 3*5.
Terry Jan Reedy
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