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Fibonacci primes in parallel

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The problem is to find all primes in the sequence of rapidly growing Fibonacci numbers.

Miller-Rabin probabilistic primality test is used to check numbers in the sequence. In addition only the elements with prime indices in the sequence are considered due to known properties of Fibonacci numbers.

Parallel capabilities of ghc give almost twofold performance speedup if running the program on a dual core system.

module Main where
import Data.Time.Clock.POSIX
import Data.Maybe
import Numeric
import Char
import Control.Parallel.Strategies
-- binary representation of an integer
binary :: Integer -> String 
binary = flip (showIntAtBase 2 intToDigit) []
-- returns True if (a) is a witness that odd n is compound
witness :: Integer -> Integer -> Bool
witness n a = pow (tail $ binary $ n-1) a
    pow _ 1 = False
    pow [] _ = True
    pow xs d = pow' xs d $ (d*d) `mod` n
        pow' _ d d2 | d2 == 1 && d /= (n-1) = True
        pow' ('0':xs) d d2 = pow xs d2
        pow' ('1':xs) d d2 = pow xs $ (d2*a) `mod` n
-- is (n) a prime with probability 4^(-k)
miller_rabin k n
  | n `mod` 2 == 0 = n == 2
  | otherwise = not $ any (witness n) $ takeWhile (< n) $ take k primes
primes :: [Integer]
primes = 2:3:5: [ x | x <- candidates 7 11, isPrime x ]
      candidates a1 a2 = a1 : a2 : candidates (a1+6) (a2+6)
-- simple primality test applied for indices only, not for Fibonacci numbers      
isPrime x = all ((0 /=) . (x `mod`)) $ takeWhile ((x>=).(^2)) primes
fib = 1 : 1 : [ a+b | (a,b) <- zip fib (tail fib) ]
-- indexed Fibonacci numbers
numfib = zip [1..] fib
isPrimeOr4 x = x /= 1 && x /=2 && (x == 4 || isPrime x)
-- Fibonacci numbers with primal indices
numfib' = filter (isPrimeOr4 . fst) numfib
isProbablyPrime = miller_rabin 10
maybeFibprimes = [if isProbablyPrime f then Just (n,f) else Nothing | (n,f) <- numfib' ]
-- probably you need to increase 10 if running the program
-- in more than two threads
fibprimes = catMaybes $ parBuffer 10 rnf maybeFibprimes
main = do
  start <- getPOSIXTime
  printEach fibprimes start 1
    where printEach (x:xs) start n = do
          t <- getPOSIXTime
          print (t - start, n, fst x)
          printEach xs start (n+1)

In order to gain parallel benefits compile the program using

ghc --make –threaded parfibs.hs

then run by

parfibs +RTS -N2

For each found Fibonacci prime the program prints the time spent from the start. The following output was received on dual-core Athlon64 x2 4600+ microprocessor.


In about 10 hours the program found 32 Fibonacci primes from about 40 known so far. Of course, obtaining each next number takes more time than all preceding ones.

Optimising further

We can improve the performance somewhat by throwing more cores at the problem, and turning up the optimisation level. Compiling, with optimisations on, on a 4 core machine, also, replacing lazy pairs with strict ones, we get:

   $ ghc -O2 -optc-O2 -fvia-C -threaded A.hs -no-recomp --make

We get the result slightly sooner, and with better cpu utilisation,

   $ time ./A +RTS -N4
   (69.869631s,  25,  9311)
   (88.357936s,  26,  9677)
   (297.578843s, 27, 14431)

Note that this program runs at around 300% cpu utilisation, despite having 4 cores, as we're contesting for cpu time on this machine.