This is to announce the release of my paper "Ultimate Prime Sieve --

Sieve of Zakiiya (SoZ)" in which I show and explain the development of

a class of Number Theory Sieves to generate prime numbers. I used

Ruby 1.9.0-1 as my development environment on a P4 2.8 Ghz laptop.

You can get the pdf of my paper and Ruby and Python source from here:

http://www.4shared.com/dir/7467736/9...1/sharing.html
Below is a sample of one of the simple prime generators. I did a

Python version of this in my paper (see Python source too). The Ruby

version below is the minimum array size version, while the Python has

array of size N (I made no attempt to optimize its implementation,

it's to show the method).

class Integer

def primesP3a

# all prime candidates 3 are of form 6*k+1 and 6*k+5

# initialize sieve array with only these candidate values

# where sieve contains the odd integers representatives

# convert integers to array indices/vals by i = (n-3)>>1 =

(n>>1)-1

n1, n2 = -1, 1; lndx= (self-1) >>1; sieve = []

while n2 < lndx

n1 +=3; n2 += 3; sieve[n1] = n1; sieve[n2] = n2

end

#now initialize sieve array with (odd) primes < 6, resize array

sieve[0] =0; sieve[1]=1; sieve=sieve[0..lndx-1]

5.step(Math.sqrt(self).to_i, 2) do |i|

next unless sieve[(i>>1) - 1]

# p5= 5*i, k = 6*i, p7 = 7*i

# p1 = (5*i-3)>>1; p2 = (7*i-3)>>1; k = (6*i)>>1

i6 = 6*i; p1 = (i6-i-3)>>1; p2 = (i6+i-3)>>1; k = i6>>1

while p1 < lndx

sieve[p1] = nil; sieve[p2] = nil; p1 += k; p2 += k

end

end

return [2] if self < 3

[2]+([nil]+sieve).compact!.map {|i| (i<<1) +3 }

end

end

def primesP3(val):

# all prime candidates 3 are of form 6*k+(1,5)

# initialize sieve array with only these candidate values

n1, n2 = 1, 5

sieve = [False]*(val+6)

while n2 < val:

n1 += 6; n2 += 6; sieve[n1] = n1; sieve[n2] = n2

# now load sieve with seed primes 3 < pi < 6, in this case just 5

sieve[5] = 5

for i in range( 5, int(ceil(sqrt(val))), 2) :

if not sieve[i]: continue

# p1= 5*i, k = 6*i, p2 = 7*i,

p1 = 5*i; k = p1+i; p2 = k+i

while p2 <= val:

sieve[p1] = False; sieve[p2] = False; p1 += k; p2 += k

if p1 <= val: sieve[p1] = False

primes = [2,3]

if val < 3 : return [2]

primes.extend( i for i in range(5, val+(val&1), 2) if sieve[i] )

return primes

Now to generate an array of the primes up to some N just do:

Ruby: 10000001.primesP3a

Python: primesP3a(10000001)

The paper presents benchmarks with Ruby 1.9.0-1 (YARV). I would love

to see my various prime generators benchmarked with optimized

implementations in other languages. I'm hoping Python gurus will do

better than I, though the methodology is very very simple, since all I

do is additions, multiplications, and array reads/writes.

Have fun with the code. ;-)

Jabari Zakiya