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The STOC 2008 paper "Fast Integer Multiplication using Modular Arithmetic" by De et al shows how to use $p$-adic numbers instead of $\mathbb C$ used in Furer's multiplication algorithm. Given that Furer's algorithm is not practical for less than a few thousand bits (is there a good estimate of its breakeven point vs Toom-Cook and other algorithms?), I wonder if the De et al algorithm has a lower breakeven point, is easier to implement, and is more practical in general.

Pointers to follow-up work and/or attempts at implementing the STOC 2008 algorithm would be appreciated.


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Is any FFT base algorithm practical for less than a few thousand bits? – Igor Rivin Aug 4 '12 at 22:02
Apparently not - the Toom-Cook family of algorithms rules in a large range. This old paper evaluates Schonhage-Strassen and claims that it does not win at least until 37M bits – Igor Markov Aug 5 '12 at 1:33

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