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`drand48`

, `erand48`

,
`lrand48`

, `nrand48`

,
`mrand48`

, `jrand48`

,
`srand48`

, `seed48`

,
`lcong48`

— pseudo-random
number generators and initialization routines

```
#include
<stdlib.h>
```

`double`

`drand48`

(`void`);

`double`

`erand48`

(`unsigned
short xseed[3]`);

`long`

`lrand48`

(`void`);

`long`

`nrand48`

(`unsigned
short xseed[3]`);

`long`

`mrand48`

(`void`);

`long`

`jrand48`

(`unsigned
short xseed[3]`);

`void`

`srand48`

(`long
seed`);

`unsigned short *`

`seed48`

(`unsigned
short xseed[3]`);

`void`

`lcong48`

(`unsigned
short p[7]`);

The
`rand48`

()
family of functions generates pseudo-random numbers using a linear
congruential algorithm working on integers 48 bits in size. The particular
formula employed is r(n+1) = (a * r(n) + c) mod m where the default values
are for the multiplicand a = 0xfdeece66d = 25214903917 and the addend c =
0xb = 11. The modulus is always fixed at m = 2 ** 48. r(n) is called the
seed of the random number generator.

For all the six generator routines described next, the first computational step is to perform a single iteration of the algorithm.

`drand48`

()
and `erand48`

() return values of type double. The full
48 bits of r(n+1) are loaded into the mantissa of the returned value, with
the exponent set such that the values produced lie in the interval [0.0,
1.0].

`lrand48`

()
and
`nrand48`

()
return values of type long in the range [0, 2**31-1]. The high-order (31)
bits of r(n+1) are loaded into the lower bits of the returned value, with
the topmost (sign) bit set to zero.

`mrand48`

()
and
`jrand48`

()
return values of type long in the range [-2**31, 2**31-1]. The high-order
(32) bits of r(n+1) are loaded into the returned value.

`drand48`

(),
`lrand48`

(), and `mrand48`

() use
an internal buffer to store r(n). For these functions the initial value of
r(0) = 0x1234abcd330e = 20017429951246.

On the other hand,
`erand48`

(),
`nrand48`

(),
and `jrand48`

() use a user-supplied buffer to store
the seed r(n), which consists of an array of 3 shorts, where the zeroth
member holds the least significant bits.

All functions share the same multiplicand and addend.

`srand48`

()
is used to initialize the internal buffer r(n) of
`drand48`

(), `lrand48`

(), and
`mrand48`

() such that the 32 bits of the seed value
are copied into the upper 32 bits of r(n), with the lower 16 bits of r(n)
arbitrarily being set to 0x330e. Additionally, the constant multiplicand and
addend of the algorithm are reset to the default values given above.

`seed48`

()
also initializes the internal buffer r(n) of
`drand48`

(), `lrand48`

(), and
`mrand48`

(), but here all 48 bits of the seed can be
specified in an array of 3 shorts, where the zeroth member specifies the
lowest bits. Again, the constant multiplicand and addend of the algorithm
are reset to the default values given above.
`seed48`

() returns a pointer to an array of 3 shorts
which contains the old seed. This array is statically allocated, so its
contents are lost after each new call to
`seed48`

().

Finally,
`lcong48`

()
allows full control over the multiplicand and addend used in
`drand48`

(), `erand48`

(),
`lrand48`

(), `nrand48`

(),
`mrand48`

(), and `jrand48`

(),
and the seed used in `drand48`

(),
`lrand48`

(), and `mrand48`

(). An
array of 7 shorts is passed as parameter; the first three shorts are used to
initialize the seed; the second three are used to initialize the
multiplicand; and the last short is used to initialize the addend. It is
thus not possible to use values greater than 0xffff as the addend.

Note that all three methods of seeding the random number generator always also set the multiplicand and addend for any of the six generator calls.

For a more powerful random number generator, see random(3).

The `drand48`

(),
`erand48`

(), `jrand48`

(),
`lcong48`

(), `lrand48`

(),
`mrand48`

(), `nrand48`

(),
`seed48`

(), and `srand48`

()
functions conform to IEEE Std 1003.1-2008
(“POSIX.1”).

Martin Birgmeier

June 5, 2013 | OpenBSD-5.4 |