Originally Posted by EdH
Hi aokle,
If you run an instance without the min/max_coeff, the coefficient value is chosen at random from 1 through the max_coeff that is chosen by msieve based on the composite. If you are running multiple machines there is a "slight" chance of more than one running the same coeff. To prevent this in my example, I set each machine to use a unique range. That way all the randoms of one are outside all the randoms of the others. As the composite gets larger, the max_coeff for the entire group of machines gets larger, but it is divided between all the machines using the min_coeff=,max_coeff==.
The poly_deadline chosen was just for the example size composite. With three machines searching, that was roughly equal to 15 minutes of searching across all three machines. In practice, I choose the total time I want to search and divide that by the number of machines I'll be using, similar to the max/min_coeffs.
Ed
