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2010-10-23, 03:45   #1
WraithX

Mar 2006

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Solving linear systems faster than ever...

I just saw a posting on Slashdot about how some researchers have found a way to speedup solving linear SDD systems. Here's a small excerpt:
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 The result is a significant decrease in computer run times. The Gaussian elimination algorithm runs in time proportional to s^3, where s is the size of the SDD system as measured by the number of terms in the system, even when s is not much bigger than the number of variables. The new algorithm, by comparison, has a run time of s*[log(s)]^2. That means, if s = 1 million, that the new algorithm run time would be about a billion times faster than Gaussian elimination.
I wasn't sure if this applied to anyone writing matrix solvers for NFS or QS, but thought I'd mention it to see if it could help anyone.

You can find the Slashdot post here:
http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/10...ar-SDD-Systems

The actual article from Carnegie Mellon University here:
http://www.cmu.edu/news/archive/2010...lgorithm.shtml

Or a pdf of the paper here:
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~glmiller/Publ...ching-2010.pdf

2010-10-23, 05:27   #2

"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by WraithX You can find the Slashdot post here: http://news.slashdot.org/story/10/10...ar-SDD-Systems
Be sure to read through the Slashdot comments, which point out that the comparison to Gaussian elimination speed is misleading because several other asymptotically faster methods already apply to SDD systems. So the speedup, _if the method proves practical_, would be from (much less than s^3) to s*[log(s)]^2.

2010-10-23, 21:27   #3
Random Poster

Dec 2008

179 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by WraithX I wasn't sure if this applied to anyone writing matrix solvers for NFS or QS, but thought I'd mention it to see if it could help anyone.
The kind of matrix this new algorithm accepts and the kind of matrix produced by NFS and QS are so completely different that it's very unlikely it will be of any use in factoring.

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