1. ## Rsa Challenge

Does anyone know if there is a lib to deal with 178 digit integers? Intersted in trying rsa challenge and hate to start from scratch? 2. ## bignum lib

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Out of curiosity, what factoring method are you going to try? Continued fraction? Quadratic sieve? Number Field Sieve? 5. ## hi,
IMHO, 178 digit BIGNUM is hardly to be facted within reasonable time on your individual pc.
As i know, the most popular trial approach is NFS. 6. I am working on a different algorithm for finding the factors.... as you can imagine developing a new method is not going particularly well  7. ## new method

I'd be happy to discuss it with you; I have some ideas, too. They involve factoring over prime ideals, though, and I haven't found anything that does that except PARI. 8. Hey guys New factoring methods? Sounds interesting! If possible could you send me or point me to the info about what you have in mind?

Thanks!
Kythen 9. ## factoring methods

The convergents x/y for the continued fraction of sqrt(n) satisfy x^2 - n y^2 < 2 sqrt(n); or in other words, x^2 mod n is small. Factor these small residues to get an exponent vector for the residue. Use linear algebra to find a set of residues whose product is a square. Then you have a set of x's whose square mod n is also a square; call it z^2. Then (x-z) divides n. About half the time you get a factor of n and the other half, x=+/-z.

Here's a good intro to the quadratic sieve:
h**p://www.math.ksu.edu/math511/notes/925.html

Attached is a paper by lenstra, lenstra, manasse, and pollard about the number field sieve.

My ideas combine things from each of these methods. 10. ## New Method

I am trying something like this,... but i do not have the background that you do,(this is very obvious) mike (i look into the mirror and think you dam stupid newbie) but anyway i am tring to use trig of all things in three dimensions to factor... still doing research on angles... when i get some promising data from the calcs(they are taking forever) i will surely post it...wondering if there is any correlation between angles of composites composed of two prime factors  