[ODE] Non-deterministic behavior
Adam D. Moss
aspirin at ntlworld.com
Mon Sep 1 02:57:01 2003
Gary R. Van Sickle wrote:
> In fact it might be better to eliminate the #define entirely, since IIRC the
> scrambled ordering is always a win, isn't it?
Unfortunately not. But I wouldn't expect the user to be
able to identify (or maintain) the situations where the
non-random ordering is a big win -- I expect that it's
just a #define because
1) Everything in stepfast.cpp is experimental (look at
all the #defines!) and likes to be turned on-and-off for testing
If it's any help, the quality of the random numbers used doesn't
have to be very good.
There are lots of RNGs out there. One that I like
is Blumrand <http://www.tip.net.au/~dbell/> for example.
It gives good random numbers and it's fast (but Linux's glibc's
rand() function is ten times faster still :( ).
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