A Simple and Efficient Pseudo-Random Bit Generator
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M. K. Shen
The following is a design sketch of a simple and efficient pseudo-random bit generator that has successfully passed U. M. Maurer’s universal statistical test for random bit generators .
(a) Use a good PRNG that produces a real-valued sequence (y_i) (i = 1,2,….) of uniform distribution in [0,1).
(b) Form the 24-bit integer sequence (z_i) with z_i := 2^24 * y_i which provides the blocks (3 bytes) of pseudo-random bits desired.
For the PRNG in (a) we choose to use the compound PRNG designed by the author in  which is based on the idea of randomly interlacing the outputs of a number of constituent PRNGs (see below for the algorithm). With L=8, Q=5000, K=1000000 (in Maurer’s notation) we obtained in an experiment the following values of the test parameter ftu, with n denoting the number of constituent generators of our compound PRNG. The max, min and mean values are with respect to 100 test runs done for each value of n (each run with a different compound PRNG).
n min ftu max ftu mean ftu 1 6.804041 7.236945 7.178144 2 7.155620 7.223903 7.184418 5 7.173252 7.193011 7.183730 10 7.177052 7.189913 7.183914 20 7.178847 7.187996 7.183980 50 7.177911 7.186389 7.183700 100 7.180321 7.186633 7.183638 200 7.181037 7.185719 7.183679 500 7.180933 7.186409 7.183587 1000 7.180637 7.186052 7.183680
For rejection rate rho=0.01 the threshold values computed from Table 1 of  are:
t1 = 7.180865 t2 = 7.186466
Thus it can be seen that with n of the order of 50 or larger our scheme of pseudo-random bit generation is indeed very satisfactory.
Discussion and notes:
- Our scheme is designed for computers having 24-bit mantissa for real-valued numbers (32-bit word length). Thus it is from the outset not sensible to use in (b) a multiplier of y_i larger than 2^24. Evidently smaller multipliers would be better than larger ones. This has in fact been verified by using sequences (y_i) of inferior quality. That a multiplier smaller than 2^24 is not called for, as indicated by the results of our experiment, is attributable to the superior quality of the sequence (y_i) generated by our compound PRNG.
- The algorithm of the compound PRNG we used to generate (y_i) may be very simply described as follows:
j := 0; do output(G(j)); j := trunc(n*G(j)) od;
where G(j) (0 <= j < n) denote calls to n internal constituent PRNGs with output in the real-valued interval [0,1). (As discussed in , these n PRNGs can be fairly arbitrarily chosen, subjected only to a few very minor constraints. In particular, the PRNGs may be of any type.) Note that the order of activation of the n constituent PRNGs is determined by pseudo-random numbers produced by these PRNGs themselves and that only one half of the total outputs generated by them appear as the output of the compound PRNG. In the experiment reported above we have, for the sole purpose of convenience, generated the parameters of the n constituent PRNGs using a standard PRNG and a single seed. However, in actual applications the parameters of the n PRNGs may all be individually specified, if desired, thus imposing a large set of unkown values for the analyst to infer in case n is chosen to be correspondingly large. Further note that the computing cost factor of the compound PRNG is independent of n, being a constant 2 with respect to one single constituent PRNG, thus permitting liberal choice of very large values of n with the purpose to defeat analysis and/or to obtain extremely long period length. (For each number output by the compound PRNG exactly 2 calls of one of the n constituent PRNGs are involved.)
- While the n constituent PRNGs used in the experiment reported above are based on linear congruential relations (see the program code below) the bits of the integer-valued numbers obtained from the congruential relations are not directly used. Rather, these integers are divided by the respective moduli of the congruential relations to obtain real-valued numbers in the interval [0,1). It is the bits of the 24-bit integers subsequently obtained through multiplication by 2^24 that finally constitute the pseudo-random bits output by our scheme. In other words, the integers output from the different congruential relations are mapped to one and the same common range [0,2^24-1]. The mapping effected is thus different for outputs stemming from different constituent PRNGs because the moduli of the congruential relations are chosen to be different by construction. This normalization process tends to lead to a qualitatively much better bit sequences represented by (z_i) than the n bit sequences contained in the integers directly obtained from the congruential relations underlying the n constituent PRNGs. It constitutes one of the essential factors contributing to the success of our scheme, the other factor being the random interlacing or intermixing of the output streams of the n constituent PRNGs, a fact which is explicit in the algorithm of the compound PRNG presented above.
- Using a somewhat optimized program written in Fortran 90, the time for generating 10 million bytes of pseudo-random bits using our scheme on a 200 MHZ PC was found to be 6.4 sec.
- The computer program used in the reported experiment is attached below.
 U. M. Maurer, A Universal Statistical Test for Random Bit Generators, J. Cryptology (1992) 5:89-105.  http://www.stud.uni-muenchen.de/~mok-kong.shen/#problem2  http://www.stud.uni-muenchen.de/~mok-kong.shen/#paper1
ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc program ranbitgen1 c pseudo-random bit generator c Maurer's test with L=8, V=256, rho=0.01 c symbol M is used for L in this program c for details of the compound PRNG being used see c http://www.stud.uni-muenchen.de/~mok-kong.shen/#problem2 implicit integer(a-z) parameter(maxint=2147483647) parameter(maxn=1000) parameter(m=8,v=256,mqk=2500000) integer a(0:maxn),b(0:maxn),c(0:maxn),x(0:maxn) common /cc/a,b,c,x real initgen,g common /cs/seed integer tab(0:v-1),block(1:mqk),bymask(3),bysh(3) double precision sum,ftu,zz,maxftu,minftu,sftu,meanftu real t1,t2 common /cr/t1,t2 c c building masks and numbers of shifts h=255 sh=0 do i=3,1,-1 bymask(i)=h h=ishft(h,8) bysh(i)=sh sh=sh-8 end do c c 100 print *,'input seed [1, 2147483646] (for the standard PRNG)' read *,seed if (seed .lt. 1 .or. seed .gt. maxint-1) then print *,'input values invalid' goto 100 end if c c 200 print *,'input n [1, 1000] (no. of constituent generators)' read *,n if (n .lt. 1 .or. n .gt. maxn) then print *,'input values invalid' goto 200 end if c c 300 print *,'input q,k' read *,q,k qk=q+k if (q .lt. 10*v .or. qk .gt. mqk) then print *,'invalid input' goto 300 end if c compute threshold values t1, t2 of the test parameter ftu call crit(m,k) c c 400 print *,'input number of runs' read *,nftu base=2**24 minftu=1.0d100 maxftu=0.0d0 sftu=0.0d0 do ff=1,nftu c c taken from program listing of problem 2 c setting up the n constituent generators of the compound PRNG c initgen delivers a pseudo-random number in [0,1). minc=1000000 maxc=10000000 diffc=maxc-minc+1 do j=0,n-1 20 c(j)=minc+initgen()*diffc cj1=c(j)-1 b(j)=1+initgen()*cj1 maxa=(maxint-b(j))/cj1 a(j)=initgen()*(maxa+1) c redo if a(j) is too small if (a(j) .lt. 10) goto 20 x(j)=1+initgen()*cj1 end do j=0 c c kj=0 byi=3 do kj=kj+1 if (kj .gt. qk) exit byi=byi+1 if (byi .gt. 3) then c c the value in [0,1) obtained from g(j) is mutliplied by 2^24 bu=base*g(j) c update the index j. See the algorithm in problem 2 j=g(j)*n c byi=1 end if block(kj)=ishft(iand(bu,bymask(byi)),bysh(byi)) end do c c begin of Maurer's algorithm for computing the test parameter ftu c we use double precision computations to reduce rounding errors do i=0,v-1 tab(i)=0 end do do p=1,q tab(block(p))=p end do sum=0.0d0 do p=q+1,qk zz=p-tab(block(p)) sum=sum+log(zz) tab(block(p))=p end do ftu=(sum/k)/log(2.0d0) c c end of Maurer's algorithm c if (ftu .lt. minftu) minftu=ftu if (ftu .gt. maxftu) maxftu=ftu sftu=sftu+ftu c end do c meanftu=sftu/nftu c t1 and t2 are for rho=0.01 print *,'meanftu : ',real(meanftu),' t1, t2 : ',t1,t2 print *,'minftu : ',real(minftu),' maxftu : ',real(maxftu) c 500 print *,'input 1 for new seed' print *,' 2 for new n' print *,' 3 for new q, k' print *,' 4 for new number of runs' print *,' 5 for termination' read *,kk if (kk .lt. 1 .or. kk .gt. 5) goto 500 goto (100,200,300,400,900) kk 900 end ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc c c computation of threshold values of ftu for rejection rate rho=0.01 c see Maurer's paper in J. Cryptology (1992) 5:89-105 subroutine crit(m,k) real t1,t2 common /cr/t1,t2 real ef(16),vr(16) data ef/0.7326495,1.5374383,2.4016068,3.3112247,4.2534266, 1 5.2177052,6.1962507,7.1836656,8.1764248,9.1723243, 2 10.170032,11.168765,12.168070,13.167693,14.167488, 3 15.167379/ data vr/0.690,1.338,1.901,2.358,2.705,2.954,3.125,3.238, 1 3.311,3.356,3.384,3.401,3.410,3.416,3.419,3.421/ c rho=0.01 y=2.58 c=0.7-0.8/m+(1.6+12.8/m)*k**(-4.0/m) s=c*sqrt(vr(m)/k) t1=ef(m)-y*s t2=ef(m)+y*s end ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc c c taken from program listing of problem 2 real function initgen() implicit integer(a-z) common /cs/seed real random hi=seed/127773 lo=mod(seed,127773) test=16807*lo-2836*hi if (test .gt. 0) then seed=test else seed=test+2147483647 end if random=real(seed)/2147483647 c Avoid rounding to 1.0. if (random .ge. 0.999999) random=0.999999 c Return random to caller. initgen=random end ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc c c taken from program listing of problem 2. maxn is here 1000 real function g(j) implicit integer(a-z) parameter(maxn=1000) integer a(0:maxn),b(0:maxn),c(0:maxn),x(0:maxn) common /cc/a,b,c,x real rr c c Linear congruential generator of the mixed type, i.e. c x[new] = a * x[old] + b (mod c) c x(j)=mod(a(j)*x(j)+b(j),c(j)) c Obtaining a real number in [0,1). rr=real(x(j))/c(j) c Avoid rounding to 1.0. if (rr .gt. 0.999999) rr=0.999999 c Return rr to caller. g=rr end