Fürer's algorithm is an integer multiplication algorithm for extremely large integers with very low asymptotic complexity. It was published in 2007 by the Swiss mathematician Martin Fürer of Pennsylvania State University as an asymptotically faster algorithm when analysed on a multitape Turing machine than its predecessor, the Schönhage-Strassen algorithm.
The Schönhage-Strassen algorithm uses the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) to compute integer products in time and its authors, Arnold Schönhage and Volker Strassen, conjecture a lower bound of . Fürer's algorithm reduces the gap between these two bounds. It can be used to multiply integers of length in time where log*n is the iterated logarithm. The difference between the and terms, from a complexity point of view, is asymptotically in the advantage of Fürer's algorithm for integers greater than . However the difference between these terms for realistic values of is very small.
In 2015 Harvey proved that his optimized version of Fürer's algorithm achieves a running time of making explicit the implied constant in the exponent. He also proposed a modification to Fürer's algorithm which achieves but whose validity relies on standard conjectures about the distribution of Mersenne primes.
In 2015 Covanov and Thomé provided another modification of Fürer's algorithm which achieves the same running time. Nevertheless it remains just as impractical as all the other implementations of this algorithm.
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