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wakko 2005-02-10 14:32

Is Mathematica really slow?

If[PrimeQ[p]==False,Print["The exponent must be prime"]];

Print["Iteration : 0 "," / ",iter];

If[Mod[counter,10^3]==0,Print["Iteration : ",counter," / ",iter]]

If[s==0,Print["is prime"],Print["is not prime"]]


'---- Test run -----'

Iteration : 0 / 11118
Iteration : 1000 / 11118
Iteration : 2000 / 11118
Iteration : 3000 / 11118
Iteration : 4000 / 11118
Iteration : 5000 / 11118
Iteration : 6000 / 11118
Iteration : 7000 / 11118
Iteration : 8000 / 11118
Iteration : 9000 / 11118
Iteration : 10000 / 11118
Iteration : 11000 / 11118

" is not prime"

{15.112 Second,Null}


I was experimenting with [I]Mathematica v5.0[/I] about the Lucas_Lehmer test.
As you can see above the code is extremely slow. It needs [B]15+[/B] sec
to test the exponent where as Prime95 only takes about [B]0.5[/B] sec.

Can someone explain why is this happening because as far as I am concerned Mathematica is believed to be one of the fastest numerical computing platforms.

Any help would be grateful.

Mystwalker 2005-02-10 14:49

I remember that Louis Helm (one of the creators of SoB - which uses the same algorithmic implementation as Prime95) once said that an implementation in Java would be roughly 30 times slower.
I think the reason here is similar: The speed difference (incidently 30 times as well) supposely comes from the fact that Mathematica's routines are not hand-optimized for this exact purpose and architecture (does Mathematica use SSE2/FFTs/IBDWT?). In addition, I believe some "tricks" prime95 uses can only be applied due to special properties of mersenne numbers. Mathematica can't take that into account, I guess.

jinydu 2005-02-10 20:51

Mathematica is slow in other things too. It took Mathematica hours to compute just 25,000 digits of Zeta(3). Other programs can do it in a fraction of a second on the same computer.

grandpascorpion 2005-02-10 23:16

Is Maple faster in general?

wakko 2005-02-11 01:45

Thanks anyway for your replies.

I am trying to comprehent the deeper things apon LL, that experiment showed me a lot.

Mayber I'll try something hand-optimized..

CU later sievers

mattprim 2021-02-09 16:46

I excluded giant Mersenne with Mathematica
I managed to exclude a giant Mersennes with Mathematica [url][/url] Pity I later learned they were both known but with Monte Carlo it worked below a Ghz x Minute and they are both above the biggest 2021 Mersenne prime known.

VBCurtis 2021-02-09 16:52

"excluded" = trial-factored. Trial-factoring is not at all related to a primality test, and comparing the speed of those two things is akin to someone asking what the 99th power of 99 is, and you answering "Well, I added 99 and 99 really fast!"

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