[fpc-devel] Random thread-safe
Michael Van Canneyt
michael at freepascal.org
Thu Jan 28 15:43:02 CET 2016
On Thu, 28 Jan 2016, Jonas Maebe wrote:
> thaddy wrote on Thu, 28 Jan 2016:
>> Then wouldn't it be possible to make PRNG's plugable. The Mersenne twister
>> is still good as it is but definitely not suitable for every and any case.
>> Marsialigla's might be a better choice nowadays.
>> And the seeding can nowadays often been done from reading hardware random,
>> like on the Raspberry Pi.
> The random number generator is just there as a general purpose tool, for
> TP/Delphi functional compatibility (not implementation compatibility, as we
> use a different PRNG). Unlike functionality such as the memory manager and
> code page conversions, it is not used by other parts of the language or RTL.
> As a result, there is no need to complicate the system unit by implementing a
> complete plugin infrastructure for this.
You can just write and use your own random number mechanism if this is so
important. read /dev/urandom or so...
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