Though there have been many questions asked in this forum on complexity of integer operation, I could not find an answer to the following question: What implications are there to complexity theory if integer addition and multiplication of two integers have the same asymptotic complexity in the worst case?

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    $\begingroup$ In what model of computation? (e.g. circuits, TMs) $\endgroup$
    – usul
    Commented Sep 8, 2013 at 12:58
  • $\begingroup$ I think for both circuits and TMs superlinear lower bound for multiplication is not known. $\endgroup$
    – Turbo
    Commented Sep 8, 2013 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ There are models where multiplication can be done in linear time, e.g., pointer machines. A. Schönhage, SIAM J. Comput., 9(3), 490–508. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 9, 2013 at 9:07

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If integer multiplication is in linear time, then the Hartmanis-Stearns conjecture on real-time computation is false. See this post by Richard Lipton (and Ken Regan?).


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