On Tuesday, 11 October 2016 09:33:57 UTC+2, Jean-Pierre Flori wrote:
> Yes it is a feature of the Singular 4 update that Singular and Sage work 
> by default with 16 bit exponents on 32 and 64 bit platform by default.
> If only all of of you had read carefully the 543 comments of the update 
> ticket and remembered this tcomment 
> https://trac.sagemath.org/ticket/17254#comment:126 and commit 
> https://git.sagemath.org/sage.git/commit/?id=8c0275427c66b709413188b82da7845a3196e4bb
> that would be obvious to you.
> Now if we want to give more bits when fewer variables are used that should 
> be possible.
> (I'm just kidding, this is a not so serious post except for the previous 
> sentence.)

Singular is not limited to one 64 bit word per monomial. It can have 
monomials up to 1000 words or something like that. So the number of 
variables should have no bearing on the packing. 

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