20071220, 21:27  #1 
Dec 2007
2·17 Posts 
gwnum under Win32
Has anyone been able to get GMPECM to build under Win32 with gwnum? I've tried with mingw and cygwin, but find it unable to build using gwnum. It appears to be a case of name mangling confusion preventing the linker from resolving global references.

20071226, 19:58  #2  
Dec 2007
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Okay, I'll make an assumption that nobody has been able to build GMPECM for Win32 using the gwnum library. It's too bad since Prime95 doesn't allow resumption of stage1 and requires redoing the work to push B1 higher. 

20071226, 21:51  #3 
Just call me Henry
"David"
Sep 2007
Cambridge (GMT/BST)
2×2,909 Posts 
why bother

20071227, 01:58  #4 
Dec 2007
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You do a full run of B1=1e6 (around 950 curves) and fail to get a factor. Now you have a choice of doing a full set of 2500 curves at B1=3e6, or you could utilize the nearly 1000 curves that are 1/3 done already.
1500 full B1=3e6 curves + 1000 curves with 1/3 of their stage1 work done Versus 2500 full B1=3e6 curves Why bother? Seems that it would save a whole hell of a lot of CPU cycles using the ability to resume previously done work. While that may not mean much to you, I prefer not to have to repeat work already done. 
20071227, 09:04  #5 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
2,467 Posts 
The interface between GMPECM and GWNUM is buggy at the moment, it's been on the TODO list for way too long now. I'll see what I can do over the holidays.
Continuing ECM curves that failed to find a factor to higher B1,B2 values is not very effective. For small variations of B1 and fixed B2/B1, the probability of finding a factor of a given size increases linearly with B1 (assuming B1 was chosen "about right" for the factor size in question). Assuming this linear behaviour holds, resuming an ECM curve to three times the B1 saves you 1/3 of the work in stage 1, but does not save anything in stage 2, yet reduces your probability of success by 1/3 w.r.t an all fresh curve. The function becomes decidedly sublinear as you keep increasing B1 so at some point, it should make sense to recycle old curves if the ratio of new B1/old B1 is large enough. This "large enough" however will be large enough that you save only a tiny part of the cpu time over starting with a fresh curve. IIRC, someone here did the math and compared actual probabilities with actual cpu times for different B1,B2 parameters and concluded that it wasn't worth the hassle. Alex Last fiddled with by akruppa on 20071227 at 09:12 
20071228, 07:16  #6  
Dec 2007
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Nearly all of the factoring I do is very long curve times. I'm currently working on B1=110e6 curves for P4096. Each stage1 curve requires approximately 70 minutes with another 35 minutes for stage2. If I had the ability to resume stage1 (to recycle the curves) for the next level, it would save me an estimated 870 CPU days which is the time I'll be investing for the B1=110e6 stage1 efforts. Given that it is a fire and forget, I'm not certain what "hassle" would be involved in recycling curves from a previous level. What am I missing? 

20071228, 13:01  #7 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
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Doing the expected number of curves for an ndigit factor unsucessfully is not a proof of nonexistence of a factor <= n digits at all! All it says is that if a factor of n digits exists, it should have been found with ~11/e probability. Since we usually use ECM to aim for factors well below the square root of the input number N, the probability that the remaining factors of N are somewhere above n digits is pretty high, but certainly not equal 1. It can and does happen that factors are found with higher B1 (or with NFS) after that factor's "correct" B1 level had the expected number of curves done. It's what we call an "ECM miss."
The hassle I'm talking about is storing and resuming the residue files, taking care not to resume the same file to the same increased B1 twice and all the book and housekeeping that comes with it. In comparison, simply letting ECM choose a new random curve each time requires no attention on your part at all, except keeping track of the number of curves done to advance B1 at the right time. Alex 
20071228, 14:11  #8 
P90 years forever!
Aug 2002
Yeehaw, FL
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Starting a new curve from scratch has a higher probability of finding a factor than "recycling" an old curve. I think Alex is saying this probability difference roughly negates your speed difference.

20071228, 16:47  #9  
Dec 2007
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All in all, I expect a bit of "hassle" to get maximum efficiency from my boxes. And while my emperical testing a couple of years ago using recycled curves produced factors at the frequency I would expect, I will grant the possibility that recycled curves are not as efficient as nonrecycled curves. But darn it, all I want for Xmas is GmpEcm+GWnum under Win32! My apologies for the inaccurate wording and the arise of a debate over the effectiveness over one potential usage of a stage1 save capability. If a better justification is required in order to get someone to fix the problem with GmpEcm+GWnum under Win32, please advise me and I'll generate a list of reasons for approval. 

20080106, 22:52  #10 
Dec 2007
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With a lot of tinkering and trial/error, I've managed to get GmpEcm to build with GWnum under MinGW. It even reports (v) that it is using GWnum.
gwnum_ecmStage1 It also appears to be able to save stage1 results and then to resume using the saved results. Note that I had to do the following to get it to build/work:    1. Use the mingw version of the GWnum library. 2. Build under MinGW (cygwin fails) 3. Rebuild one of the MinGW C files after getting errors during the GmpEcm make job. 4. Comment out the #define of ADD_UNDERSCORES in Fgw.c All together, I'd estimate about 3040 hours of tinkering and experimentation to get it to build/run. If anyone else wants a Win32 P4 version of GmpEcm with GWnum active, let me know. I will probably end up making an AMD version as well, but it won't be until later in the week. 
20080111, 14:33  #11 
"Nancy"
Aug 2002
Alexandria
4643_{8} Posts 
Sorry, I'm still busy hacking the new P+1 stage 2. I'll fix the GWNUM interface before the next release.
Alex 
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