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Adding two k-bit numbers requires k bit operations. We shall see that more complicated tasks can also be broken down into bit operations. The amount of time a computer takes to perform a task is essentially proportional to the number of bit operations. Of course, the constant of proportionality - the fraction of a nanosecond per bit operation depends on the particular computer system. ) When we speak of estimating the "time" it takes to accomplish something, we mean finding an estimate for the number of bit operations required.

Nor is the L('Y)-terminology useful for algorithms that are just slightly slower than polynomial time - such as the 0 ((ln n)c ln ln ln n ) primality test in [Adleman, Pomerance, and Rumely 1 983]. Some people prefer to give a different definition of "subexponential time". They use the term for an algorithm with running time bounded by a function of the form ef (k ) , where k is the input length and f(k) = o(k) (see Remark 6 of § 1 for the meaning of little-a). 2. Exercises for § 3 1 . (a) Using the big-0 notation, estimate in terms of a simple function of number of bit operations required to compute 3 n in binary.

II 1 1 1 1 000 + 00 1 1 1 1 0 1 00 1 0 1 1 0 Suppose that the numbers are both k bits long; i f one o f the two integers has fewer bits than the other, we fill in zeros to the left, as in this example, to make them have the same length. Although this example involves small integers (with k = 7), we should think of k as perhaps being very large, like 500 or 1000. Let us analyze in complete detail what this addition entails. Basically, we must repeat the following steps k times: 1. Look at the top and bottom bit and also at whether there's a carry above the top bit.