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A pseudo-random number generator for the System/360

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The purpose of this paper is to describe a pseudo-random number generator that uses the full capacity of the 32-bit registers of IBM SYSTEM/360 computers, and to briefly report on and document the testing of and experience with the random number generator. The generator is a particular case of the sequence of numbers xi generated by the equation xi+1 = Axi (mod p) (1) where p is a prime and A is a positive primitive root of p.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 2 )