Prime Numbers : Sieve Method

From Wikipedia:
In mathematics, the sieve of Eratosthenes (Greek: κόσκινον Ἐρατοσθένους), one of a number of prime number sieves, is a simple, ancient algorithm for finding all prime numbers up to any given limit. It does so by iteratively marking as composite (i.e. not prime) the multiples of each prime, starting with the multiples of 2.
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C Program to find prime number using the Sieve of Eratosthenes algorithm:

Change the macro SIZE according to your purpose.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <math.h>

#define SIZE 1000

int status[SIZE];

void sieve()
 int i,j;
 for(i=0;i<SIZE;i++) status[i]= 0;
 int sq = sqrt(SIZE);
 for(i=4;i<=SIZE;i+=2) status[i] = 1;
  if(status[i]==0) {
   for(j=2*i;j<=SIZE;j+=i) status[j]=1;
 status[1] = 1;

int main()
 int n;
 printf("Enter a number to check prime: ");
 if(status[n]==0) printf("%d is prime",n);
 else printf("%d is not prime.", n);
 return 0;


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