A comparison of physical random number generators

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dc.creator Francis, Logan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-01-08T18:24:40Z
dc.date.available 2019-01-08T18:24:40Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/28195
dc.description Winner, Science en_CA
dc.description.abstract Good random number generators (RNGs) are required for many applications in science and industry. Random numbers can be created in two ways: with a computer algorithm known as a pseudo-random number generator (PRNG), or by measuring physical phenomena which behave randomly, such as quantum mechanical or chaotic systems. However, PRNGs are deterministic in nature and cannot produce truly random output, while physical RNGs can. Three physical RNGs were constructed: a Chua circuit, an electrical circuit which exhibits chaos; an avalanche circuit, which produces a noisy electrical signal; and a radioactive decay counter. Each RNG produced output in the form of ASCII files containing 0s and 1s. The randomness of the data was assessed using the open source statistical test suite rngtest. en_CA
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (11 p.)
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Saint Mary's University, Writing Centre
dc.title A comparison of physical random number generators en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
dcterms.bibliographicCitation Afficio Undergraduate Journal, (2014)


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