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Section: New Results

Unpredictable random number generation on multicores

Participant : André Seznec.

The HAVEGE algorithm [12] generates unpredictable random numbers by gathering entropy from internal processor states that are inheritably volatile and impossible to tamper with in a controlled fashion by any application running on the target system. The method used to gather the entropy implies that its main loop will almost monopolize the CPU; the output depends on the operating system and other running applications, as well as some internal mechanisms that stir the processor states to generate an enormous amount of entropy. The algorithm was designed with the idea of single-core CPUs in mind, and no parallelization; however the recent market explosion of multi-core CPUs and the lack of results in increasing the CPU frequency justifies the need to research a multithreaded parallel version of HAVEGE, capable of running the same algorithm loop on each core independently and transparently combine the results in one single output bitstream. In [26] , we demonstrate how such a parallelization is possible and benchmark the output speed of its implementation.

This research was done in collaboration with Alin Suciu, Tudor Carean, and Kinga Marton from Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.


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