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From: Neill Clift (NeillClift_at_[hidden])
Date: 2019-07-12 05:15:47

>Iff you're gonna fiddle with the limbs anyway, why not just set the bits to zero, directly.

I am unsure what you mean by this. For clearing the bottom b set bits in a value I do assign them to zero unless I won’t be clearing them all.
Then I use the packed deposit instruction of x86. This is a bit complicated but it has a huge effect on performance for the 64 bit code.

>You'll have to compile the code for 64-bits (x64), then you'll get 64-bit limbs.

I am compiling with 64 bit and I get 32 bit limbs.

It seems I need a compiler supporting __int64.

> You should use the std-types std::int64_t and std::uint64_t (#include <cstdint>).

Sorry I misspoke here. My reading suggests the compiler needs to support __int128 to get 64 bit limbs. I compile normally as 64 bit and use 64 bit unsigned ints.

>Clang/LLVM (and gcc) has a builtin type (in 64-bit mode only) as an extension __uint128_t (pass (-Xclang) -fforce-enable-int128).

I’ll give that a go thanks.

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