[dpdk-dev] [PATCH 0/6] Pseudo-random number generation improvements

Mattias Rönnblom mattias.ronnblom at ericsson.com
Tue May 14 11:20:40 CEST 2019

Make DPDK pseudo-random number generation multi-thread safe, go faster
and produce better-quality pseudo-random numbers.

Thanks to Stephen Hemminger, Keith Wiles and Neil Horman for valuable

* Added performance tests
* Added __experimental to rte_rand_max() declaration
* Introduced a PRNG section in the MAINTAINERS file
* Added missing <rte_memory.h> include
* Use getentropy() instead of rdtsc for seeding the internal LCG

RFC v3:
* Since rte_rand() and rte_srand() have been a part of the API since long,
  the experimental attribute was removed and the symbols were moved out
  of the experimental section of the version.map file.
* rte_rand_max() performance improvements:
  * Avoid repeated rte_lcore_id() calls.
  * Handle a power-of-2 upper bound as a special case.
* Added a Bugzilla reference to the rte_rand() MT safety bug.

RFC v2:
* Removed 32-bit version of rte_rand() and rte_rand_max().
* Switched from a four-sequence LFSR (producing a 32-bit number)
  to a five-sequence LFSR (producing a 64-bit number).
* Added a note on generator not being cryptographically secure.

Mattias Rönnblom (6):
  eal: replace libc-based random number generation with LFSR
  eal: add pseudo-random number generation performance test
  eal: improve entropy for initial PRNG seed
  eal: introduce random generator function with upper bound
  eal: add bounded PRNG performance tests
  eal: add pseudo-random number generation to MAINTAINERS

 MAINTAINERS                                |   6 +
 app/test/Makefile                          |   1 +
 app/test/test_rand_perf.c                  |  92 ++++++++++
 lib/librte_eal/common/include/rte_random.h |  47 ++++--
 lib/librte_eal/common/meson.build          |   1 +
 lib/librte_eal/common/rte_random.c         | 188 +++++++++++++++++++++
 lib/librte_eal/freebsd/eal/Makefile        |   1 +
 lib/librte_eal/freebsd/eal/eal.c           |   2 -
 lib/librte_eal/linux/eal/Makefile          |   1 +
 lib/librte_eal/linux/eal/eal.c             |   2 -
 lib/librte_eal/rte_eal_version.map         |   9 +
 11 files changed, 328 insertions(+), 22 deletions(-)
 create mode 100644 app/test/test_rand_perf.c
 create mode 100644 lib/librte_eal/common/rte_random.c


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