Cryptology ePrint Archive: Report 2014/065

Fine Tuning the Function Field Sieve Algorithm for the Medium Prime Case

Palash Sarkar and Shashank Singh

Abstract: This work builds on the variant of the function field sieve (FFS) algorithm for the medium prime case introduced by Joux and Lercier in 2006. We make several contributions. The first contribution uses a divisibility and smoothness technique and goes on to develop a sieving method based on the technique. This leads to significant practical efficiency improvements in the descent phase and also provides improvement to Joux's pinpointing technique. The second contribution is a detailed analysis of the degree of freedom and the use of a walk technique in the descent phase of the algorithm. Such analysis shows that it is possible to compute discrete logarithms over certain fields which are excluded by the earlier analyses performed by Joux and Lercier (2006) and Joux (2013). In concrete terms, we present computations of discrete logs for fields with 16 and 19-bit prime characteristic. We also provide concrete analysis of the effectiveness of the FFS algorithm for certain fields of characteristic ranging from 16-bit to 32-bit primes. The final contribution is to perform a complete asymptotic analysis of the FFS algorithm for fields $\mathbb{F}_Q$ with $p=L_Q(1/3,c)$. This closes gaps and corrects errors in the analysis earlier performed by Joux-Lercier and Joux and also provides new insights into the asymptotic behaviour of the algorithm.

Category / Keywords: public-key cryptography / discrete logarithm problem

Date: received 29 Jan 2014, last revised 14 Dec 2015

Contact author: sha2nk singh at gmail com

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Version: 20151214:114212 (All versions of this report)

Short URL: ia.cr/2014/065

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