Hi all,

I want to compute in $\mathbb{F}_q (x)((y))$ i.e. a Laurent series ring over the rational functions over $\mathbb{F}_q$. The computations are fairly basic, but they involve raising to the qth power a lot. I thought that this would be easy (I thought that it will merely shirt powers around), so I tried it in SAGE. I have to say that I am highly impressed with the ease of programming in SAGE, but I think it is too big (and slow) for the calculation I need (I know that SAGE has lots of components (PARI, GAP, etc.) some of them may be what I need).

So I wanted to ask the people who have more experience then me for a recommendation. Which algebra system is good at Laurent series over rational function fields in char p if you need to do a lot of raising to the qth power.

~AP