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17.12 Performance

The following table shows the relative performance of a selection the available random number generators. The fastest simulation quality generators are taus, gfsr4 and mt19937. The generators which offer the best mathematically-proven quality are those based on the RANLUX algorithm.

 
1754 k ints/sec,    870 k doubles/sec, taus
1613 k ints/sec,    855 k doubles/sec, gfsr4
1370 k ints/sec,    769 k doubles/sec, mt19937
 565 k ints/sec,    571 k doubles/sec, ranlxs0
 400 k ints/sec,    405 k doubles/sec, ranlxs1
 490 k ints/sec,    389 k doubles/sec, mrg
 407 k ints/sec,    297 k doubles/sec, ranlux
 243 k ints/sec,    254 k doubles/sec, ranlxd1
 251 k ints/sec,    253 k doubles/sec, ranlxs2
 238 k ints/sec,    215 k doubles/sec, cmrg
 247 k ints/sec,    198 k doubles/sec, ranlux389
 141 k ints/sec,    140 k doubles/sec, ranlxd2

1852 k ints/sec,    935 k doubles/sec, ran3
 813 k ints/sec,    575 k doubles/sec, ran0
 787 k ints/sec,    476 k doubles/sec, ran1
 379 k ints/sec,    292 k doubles/sec, ran2