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July 07, 2009, 17:08

But if we used a 128-bit processor (or created instructions to do a single-step 128-bit add) and updated our language to support these 128-bit integers, we'd return to O(n) time, since adding is once again an O(1) operation. I think that most modern processors support special case 128-bit-adds through SSE - so it's likely your Python Big-Number library that's the bottleneck?

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