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From Alex Herbert <>
Subject Re: [Rng] New XoShiRo generators
Date Sat, 16 Mar 2019 23:10:31 GMT

> On 16 Mar 2019, at 02:54, Gilles Sadowski <> wrote:
>> This is read by dieharder which directly reads from stdin. This worked to collect
all the generated bits and the serial and xor composites failed the test suite.
>> It is also read by the stdin2testu01.c program to pass to TestU01.
>> What is happening is that the stdin2testu01.c is reading 64-bits using an unsigned
> I don't remember why I wrote that, but as you pointed outit now looks
> like a plain bug.

It may be more complicated again...

I’ve had a play around with the data being pushed through to the testU01 library using the
c bridge. I wanted to check that the int value that is generated by the RNG is passed through
to the c program. So I wrote a simple BridgeTester class to do this. It writes all the int
values to a data file (for reference) then passes them to the c executable with the same method
as the RandomStressTester. I then modified the stdin2testu01.c program to have an extra hidden
debug mode where all the data is just written to stdout.

I found the data file written from Java did not match the data that the c program had. I bit
more digging found that the problem was that Java uses a big endian representation and the
c program is little endian. This is true on my linux and Mac OSX platforms. So the raw bytes
read from stdin are in the wrong order.

When I updated the program to self detect endianness and swap the byte order of each set of
4 bytes from the stdin then the data in the c program matched the original.

Since it was non destructive to the module I added all this to master. You can see this working
by rebuilding the c bridge and running the new profile to test it:

> cd commons-rng-examples/examples-stress
> gcc src/main/c/stdin2testu01.c -o stdin2testu01 -ltestu01 -ltestu01probdist -ltestu01mylib
> mvn test -P bridge

You should see two files:


These should have the same contents. The .data file is written by the java program, and the
.out file is the stdout captured from the c program with its view of the data.

This should fix running TestU01.

BUT I’ve not had time to determine how Dieharder is reading the stdin. Given it is a c library
it may be reading it using little endian as well. I’ll look into that next.

Composite update:

For some reason all my BigCrush simulations crashed. It could be a RAM issue. The runs did
take longer than expected but I did not monitor memory usage. I’ve started them again but
using only the serial composite. I think the xor one is really broken.

FYI. Using the new bridge code with 3 runs of SmallCrush finds [6, 6, 6] / 15 failed tested
for the serial composite and [9, 9, 10] / 15 for the xor composite.

I’m expecting BigCrush to fail a lot. I’m now more interested in seeing if it will complete.


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