An interesting anecdote from Dan Boneh : Victor Miller first tried to publish his algorithm for calculating the Weil pairing in the mid 80s but it was rejected several times for having no practical usefulness; it was eventually published in *2003*.

(Think of Miller's algo as basically the pairing equivalent of square and multiply; so calculating the nth power x does not require n multiplications but logarithmically less; same in ECC and same with pairings using Miller).

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