Paper 2013/685

Solving shortest and closest vector problems: The decomposition approach

Anja Becker, Nicolas Gama, and Antoine Joux


In this paper, we present a heuristic algorithm for solving exact, as well as approximate, shortest vector and closest vector problems on lattices. The algorithm can be seen as a modified sieving algorithm for which the vectors of the intermediate sets lie in overlattices or translated cosets of overlattices. The key idea is hence to no longer work with a single lattice but to move the problems around in a tower of related lattices. We initiate the algorithm by sampling very short vectors in an overlattice of the original lattice that admits a quasi-orthonormal basis and hence an efficient enumeration of vectors of bounded norm. Taking sums of vectors in the sample, we construct short vectors in the next lattice. Finally, we obtain solution vector(s) in the initial lattice as a sum of vectors of an overlattice. The complexity analysis relies on the Gaussian heuristic. This heuristic is backed by experiments in low and high dimensions that closely reflect these estimates when solving hard lattice problems in the average case. This new approach allows us to solve not only shortest vector problems, but also closest vector problems, in lattices of dimension $n$ in time $2^{0.3774\,n}$ using memory $2^{0.2925\,n}$. Moreover, the algorithm is straightforward to parallelize on most computer architectures.

Note: The great part of the paper is published at ANTS 2014 under the title ``A Sieve Algorithm Based on Overlattices". We added here the section ``Example for co-cyclic lattices or q-ary lattices" which gives a concrete example of a tower of lattices one might consider at first trial.

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Published elsewhere. Minor revision. ANTS2014: Eleventh Algorithmic Number Theory Symposium ANTS-XI
latticeshortest vector problemclosest vector problemdecomposition techniquestructural reductionsieving
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      year = {2013},
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