> Not exactly the same complexity with the right algorithm

David Broadhurst wrote:

> Incidentally the real breakthrough for the prime triplet record is 4135

"Not exactly" was a deliberate understatement. I know there is a huge

> digits was avoiding ECPP. But this was still an O(digits^5) problem,

> whereas yours was O(digits^4).

difference and it makes little sense to compare sizes, except for fun. The

"wrong" algorithm for k consecutive numbers with the same number of prime

factors (used for a 7-tuple with 3 prime factors by Phil, who admitted to

being sloppy) is: Search k simultaneous prime cofactors, e.g. x/5, (x+1)/2,

(x+2)/3. This was also the suggestion of others in alt.math.recreational and

would give the normal prime tuple complexity O(k+2).

David Broadhurst wrote:> PS: I re-read saw that you did your own trial factoring, sorry.

Yes, I trial factored one pair at a time. My candidates were on the form

> But I guess that it was not truly a sieve, but just for

> one pair at a time? Mind you it's not easy to see a way

> round that. If anyone could sieve this two-parameter

> input problem, it would be Phil.

p*q = (c*6*4691#+1) * (d*6*4691#+1)

This (including the 6) prevents factors below 4691 in both (pq+1)/2 and

(pq+2)/3.

I precomputed an array of 6*4691# mod (primes<10^8).

Then I could quickly trial factor each pair from 4691 to 10^8 (a high limit

for individual trial on 4k-digits with a 2.7s prp test) using only 32-bit

inline assembler instructions on c and d.

I thought about sieve possibilities but it seemed hard and with a few days

expectation, I dropped it. I would have given the 10k-digit problem more

thought.

I should also admit that I was a lot more lazy for p = (c*6*4691#+1). This is

a good sieve form and it turned out I needed 1314 primes (bad luck), but I

used pfgw's trial factoring for this. Later I discovered the NewPGen check box

"use primorial mode" in plain sight. I had only looked through the type

selection box... When it opens it actually covers the primorial box and I

thought there was only k*b^n something available. Why didn't Paul Jobling put

a hint in the type box for people like me with tunnel vision :-)

Never underestimate the potential for stupidity among software users.

Phil Carmody wrote:> In the world of sieving, Jens is one of the people to whom I doff my hat.

Thanks. However alt.math.recreational is not hard competition, at least before

> He stood out on alt.math.recreational because of his sieving ability.

you joined it. You are the better siever and I have only beaten your speed a

couple of times (including the prime puzzles) by spending much more time on

special-purpose programs. GenSv seems impressive for such a generic sieve.

--

Jens Kruse Andersen