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Kiran Kedlaya

Counting points on hyperelliptic curves in average polynomial time(after Harvey & Sutherland)

We describe an algorithm of Harvey, improved and implemented by Harvey and Sutherland, which given a hyperelliptic curve of genus g over Q computes its zeta function over F_p for all p <= N in such a way that the average time per prime is polynomial in g and log(N). The method is based on p-adic cohomology, specifically the algorithms of Kedlaya and Harvey; the key new observation is that one can set up the cohomology computation in a manner which is almost entirely independent of p, and thus reuse much of the computation.