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re: random number generation



I agree that hardware random numbers are
simpler than using software - However I
dispute they are any better than carefully
implemented beating clock software algorithms.

dave very carefully measured the inferno
random number generators and we believe
they are of very high quality.

If you have hardware the native kernel
would certainly use it, but the code we
have now is portable and runs in all
the emulation environments. Since we cannot
prevent someone poking the memory image
through the debugging interface in
the emu kernel it seems that mandating
hardware random number generators is
not productive. what we do now is good
enough.

phil