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Mathematics of Computation

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ISSN 1088-6842 (online) ISSN 0025-5718 (print)

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Factorization of the eighth Fermat number
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by Richard P. Brent and John M. Pollard PDF
Math. Comp. 36 (1981), 627-630 Request permission


We describe a Monte Carlo factorization algorithm which was used to factorize the Fermat number ${F_8} = {2^{256}} + 1$. Previously ${F_8}$ was known to be composite, but its factors were unknown.
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  • © Copyright 1981 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 36 (1981), 627-630
  • MSC: Primary 10A25; Secondary 10-04, 65C05
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  • MathSciNet review: 606520