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Re: [ESPResSo] random number generator problem

From: Axel Arnold
Subject: Re: [ESPResSo] random number generator problem
Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:28:21 +0100
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On Thursday 25 February 2010 07:41:07 BIN ZHANG wrote:
> Hi, there:
> I have just started using Espresso, and it's really elegantly
> programmed and easy to use! Great job!
> I have just noticed one problem about the random number generator,
> which doesn't seem to be so random. Seems to me calling the function
> init_random() in random.c will generate the same seed every time, and
> thus leads to the same sequence of random numbers. This will lead to
> exactly the same trajectory, which is bad for collecting statistics.
> Is there any particular reason for this, or I'm just misunderstanding
> something?


the init_random is really just for initializing, in case you don't set your 
own seed. And since there is no really portable and easily accessible source 
of a random number, there is a default seed. To set your own seed, the command 

"t_random seed <seed cpu1> <seed cpu2>...."

The following procedure uses the process id to generate a rather random seed. 

set cmd "t_random seed"
for {set i 0} {$i < [setmd n_nodes]} { incr i } {
        lappend cmd [expr [pid] + $i]
eval $cmd


Dr. Axel Arnold Tel: +49 711 685 63593
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