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Question Random number generators misbehaving in MT 

Forum: Multithreading
Date: 19 Sep, 2014
From: Andrew Green <Andrew Green>

Hello everyone,

I've been doing some simulations where I split runs across several computers, then combine the results into a single file at the end. Of course when doing this I set different random seeds for each of the runs using the /random/setSeeds UI command in a macro.

I ran into a couple of problems:

- First of all, I got the same results from each split regardless of the random number seed used. I fixed this by following the advice posted here:

- After doing this, I tested again running different splits with the same seeds, and now the results are different.

Is this expected behaviour? I understand that the seeding of random numbers is a little different in MT than in sequential mode...

In case it makes any difference, I switched to the Mersenne Twister engine like this:

CLHEP::HepRandomEngine* MTengine = new CLHEP::MTwistEngine(seed);

Is my syntax okay? The macro file is executed after this, so it should be okay right?

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