Algorithm used by BigInteger prime generator?

D'Arcy Smith darcy at
Thu Apr 22 11:55:46 PDT 1999

> "D'Arcy Smith" <darcy at> writes:
> > [crypto] is what [BigInteger] is was written for in the first place
> > apparently...

> I had the (unsubstantiated) impression was that it was written for
> JDBC (i.e. a needed SQL data type).  Certainly, I can't imagine
> BigDecimal being useful for crypto, but big decimal integers
> (at least 18 digits) are needed for database applications.

IIRC the guy who originaly wrote them did it for key calculations...


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