Random Number Generators: what do you need one for?

Tuesday, 5 July 2005, 11:12 AM EST

Random Number Generators are a vital part of all modern operating systems. Being computers a deterministic system, random numbers are used where a non-deterministic input is required. An obvious use is virtual dice rolling for gambling systems, but if you don’t plan on running an online casino, what do you need one for?

Random numbers are utilized in many different areas, ranging from cryptography (in general) to source port and process ID randomization in some operating systems.

By Flavio Villanustre at Flavio's TechnoTalk.

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