[Ns-developers] ns3: random numbers
Mathieu.Lacage at sophia.inria.fr
Mon Mar 12 08:40:26 PDT 2007
On Fri, 2007-03-09 at 11:53 -0500, Raj Bhattacharjea wrote:
> In light of Michele's last e-mail and a quick conference call with her,
> we've decided to take her suggestions as outlined below:
> 1) We will add a static function to the RandomVariable base class called
> which will have an integer argument, which will be saved in a static,
> private global
> variable called "RandomVariable::runNumber".
> 2) Each time a new random variable is initialized (seeded), we will call
> runNumber times.
I am sorry but I don't know enough about the lecuyer code to understand
what this means.
Would you care to describe what you are trying to achieve with this
change from an end-user point of view in end-user-understandable terms
(I am really one of these). i.e., when I create a RandomVariable, how is
it seeded ? What methods change the way it is seeded ? What is their
impact on the seeding policy ? What is the default seeding policy ?
> 3) We will continue to, by default, set the global random stream with either
> or the time of day, but will provide an API so the user can have access to
> see that was used in the case of something interesting about that particular
I think that the default should be to use a constant deterministic seed
value (say, zero). It makes it easy to generate repeatable results when
debugging, which, I think, is what most people do most of the time
(compared to the small amount of time we often spend actually running a
simulation to get paper-quality results).
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