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The pLab-server is maintained by a team of mathematicians led by Peter Hellekalek at the Department of Mathematics of the University of Salzburg.

The pLab-project is part of the FWF Special Research Program on Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods: Theory and Applications, which encompasses ten research groups at four Austrian universities since 2014.

We present results and links for techniques which are relevant for the theory of uniform distribution of sequences and for applications to random number generation by deterministic algorithms, so-called pseudo-random number generators. These algorithms are a fundamental tool in stochastic simulation and in applied cryptography. Enjoy the data and allow for necessary incompleteness and subjectivity of our views.

An unmoderated collection of network-resouces on random number generators is located on this server as part of the WWW Virtual Library.

A short tour of the information we offer:

  • About Us
    On this page, we provide information on our team.
  • Generators
    We discuss different types of random number generators and some of their properties.
  • Links
    We provide rather extensive links to people, software and related sites.
  • Literature
    On this page, you will find references to articles and books that we consider helpful and worth reading.
  • Software
    If you need code for random number generation, even for nonuniform distributions: This is your page!
  • Tests
    All random number generators have their weak points. We discuss the issue of empirical (statistical) testing of RNGs and provide results as well as links.

Research supported by FWF and Jubiläumsfond der OeNB

01/06/2014: HN70 Workshop on the Occasion of Harald Niederreiter's 70th Birthday: Applications of Algebra and Number Theory to be held at the Johann Radon Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematics (RICAM) June 23-27, 2014.

10/06/2014: Random and Pseudo-Random Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss randomness and pseudorandomness at BBC4.

01/06/2014: MCQMC 2014 The 11th International Conference on Monte Carlo and Quasi-Monte Carlo Methods took place in Leuven, Belgium. You will find a wealth of information at the conference website.

07/07/2011: Fq10 -Ghent Conference Harald Niederreiter's laudatio for Gary Mullen



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