[erlang-questions] Fastest pseudo-random number-generator: erlang:statistics(io) ?

Dave Smith dizzyd@REDACTED
Tue Nov 24 16:20:32 CET 2009

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM, Thijs <thijsterlouw@REDACTED> wrote:

> benchmark results :
> erlang:now()    288.090
> erlang:statistics(io)   2.730.853
> erlang:statistics(wall_clock)   280.396
> erlang:statistics(runtime)      510.765
> erlang:statistics(reductions)   471.688
> erlang:statistics(context_switches)     493.851
> random:uniform()        870.261

Off the top of my head, I have to wonder if using statistics(io) is
going to yield sufficient pseudo-randomness for load distribution
purposes. If you consider that most IO is likely to be a block size
modulo 8 (for efficiency) it seems like you might get a skewed
distribution. A simpler (and perhaps faster) approach would be to just
maintain a counter that gets atomically incremented on each call -- a
port driver or ETS table would suffice and have similar amounts of
contention as the call to statistics.

My $0.02...and you know how weak the dollar has been these days. :)


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