Progressive Lattice Sieving

  • Thijs Laarhoven
  • Artur Mariano
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10786)


Most algorithms for hard lattice problems are based on the principle of rank reduction: to solve a problem in a d-dimensional lattice, one first solves one or more problem instances in a sublattice of rank \(d - 1\), and then uses this information to find a solution to the original problem. Existing lattice sieving methods, however, tackle lattice problems such as the shortest vector problem (SVP) directly, and work with the full-rank lattice from the start. Lattice sieving further seems to benefit less from starting with reduced bases than other methods, and finding an approximate solution almost takes as long as finding an exact solution. These properties currently set sieving apart from other methods.

In this work we consider a progressive approach to lattice sieving, where we gradually introduce new basis vectors only when the sieve has stabilized on the previous basis vectors. This leads to improved (heuristic) guarantees on finding approximate shortest vectors, a bigger practical impact of the quality of the basis on the run-time, better memory management, a smoother and more predictable behavior of the algorithm, and significantly faster convergence – compared to traditional approaches, we save between a factor 20 to 40 in the time complexity for SVP.


Lattice-based cryptography Lattice sieving Shortest vector problem (SVP) Nearest neighbor searching 



The authors thank Léo Ducas for discussions and comments on this topic, and for sharing an early draft of [Duc18]. The first author is supported by the ERC consolidator grant 617951. The second author was partially supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) and Instituto de Telecomunicações under grant UID/EEA/50008/2013.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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