## Sieve of Eratosthenes CPP source code

Seive of Eratosthenes is one of the mostly used prime generation algorithms.

Algorithm is very simple and straight forward.

To find all the prime numbers less than or equal to a given integer n by Eratosthenes’ method:

1. Create a list of consecutive integers from 2 to n: (2, 3, 4, …, n).

2. Initially, let p equal 2, the first prime number.

3. Starting from p, count up in increments of p and mark each of these numbers greater than p itself in the list. These numbers will be 2p, 3p, 4p, etc.; note that some of them may have already been marked.

4. Find the first number greater than p in the list that is not marked; let p now equal this number (which is the next prime).

5. If there were no more unmarked numbers in the list, stop. Otherwise, repeat from step 3.

When the algorithm terminates, all the numbers in the list that are not marked are prime.

Improvements over Seives of Eristhones:

One of the improvements that can reduce the larger computation is not including 2’s multiples (however, the only even and prime number is 2). Just considering only the odd numbers we can reduce prime holding array size and improve performance.

The following C++ uses the above improvement and considers each element of primes array as an odd number i.e. primes[n] represents 2*n+1 number in real. At the end of the operation primes array will have one’s in all the corresponding indices of prime numbers.

The below code can be seen running using ideone online compiler

// Written by Vasanth Raja Chittampally // Source Code: Sieve of Eratosthenes // All rights are reserved #include #include #include void seive(int start, int range, int * primes) { //Seiving is done here long start1 = clock(); for(int i = 6; i { int iter = 2 * i + 1; if(primes[i] == 1) { int startInLoop = start / iter; if(startInLoop % 2 == 0) startInLoop++; if(startInLoop < 13) startInLoop = 13; for(int j = startInLoop * iter; j primes[(j - 1) / 2] = 0; } } std::cout< int count = 0; // display the results for(int i = start / 2; i if(primes[i] != 0) { //std::cout<< 2 * i + 1 << " "; count++; } std::cout< } int main(void) { const int range = 5000000 ; const int start = 1000000 ; int * primes = new int[range / 2 + 1]; long time1 = clock(); for(int i = 0; i { primes[i] = 1; } for(int i = 4; i { primes[i] = 0; } for(int i = 7; i { primes[i] = 0; } for(int i = 10; i { primes[i] = 0; } for(int i = 16; i { primes[i] = 0; } long totTime = clock() - time1; std:: cout << std::endl< return 0; }

The above code can be seen running using ideone online compiler

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