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Constructing Carmichael numbers through improved subset-product algorithms

Authors: \fbox{W. R. } Alford, Jon Grantham, Steven Hayman and Andrew Shallue
Journal: Math. Comp. 83 (2014), 899-915
MSC (2010): Primary 11Y16
Published electronically: July 9, 2013
MathSciNet review: 3143697
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Abstract: We have constructed a Carmichael number with 10,333,229,505 prime factors, and have also constructed Carmichael numbers with $k$ prime factors for every $k$ between 3 and 19,565,220. These computations are the product of implementations of two new algorithms for the subset product problem that exploit the non-uniform distribution of primes $p$ with the property that $p-1$ divides a highly composite $\Lambda$.

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Jon Grantham
Affiliation: Institute for Defense Analyses, Center for Computing Sciences, 17100 Science Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715

Steven Hayman
Affiliation: 1331 East Washington Street, Unit A, Greenville, South Carolina 29607

Andrew Shallue
Affiliation: Illinois Wesleyan University, 1312 Park St., Bloomington, Illinois 61701
MR Author ID: 805175

Keywords: Subset sum, Carmichael numbers
Received by editor(s): December 15, 2011
Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 24, 2012
Published electronically: July 9, 2013
Additional Notes: W. R. Alford passed away in 2003
This research was supported by an Illinois Wesleyan University grant
Article copyright: © Copyright 2013 American Mathematical Society
The copyright for this article reverts to public domain 28 years after publication.