Tuesday, August 31, 2010

16 bit xorshift rng (now with more period)

So, in Marsaglia's paper, the basic xorshift rng the code is:
yˆ=(y<<a); y^=(y>>b); return (yˆ=(y<<c));

I looked at this in my last post, and had a brief look at the (a,b,c) triplets to use. However, this only yields a period length of the word size used. In my case, that's 2^16-1 -- not much. However, further on in the paper, section 3.1, a method is described for longer periods through additional state and promotion:
t=(xˆ(x<<a)); x=y; return y=(yˆ(y>>c))ˆ(tˆ(t>>b));

This is listed as 2^64-1 using 32-bit words, but there's no reason we can't use 16-bit words. This reduces the period to 2^32-1, and requires new triplets. I scanned (1,1,1) through till (15,15,15), here's the list:


Values marked with an asterisk score well on the majority of diehard tests. It's probably not a good idea to use the other values, even though they do have a complete period. Notably, all values fail binary matrices tests for 31x31 and 32x32 - I think this is expected, and mentioned in Marsaglia2003.

So, the routine in C:
uint16_t rnd_xorshift_32() {
static uint16_t x=1,y=1;
uint16_t t=(x^(x<<5));
return y=(y^(y>>1))^(t^(t>>3));

and in assembly:
; returns a 16-bit value >0, has a 2^32-1 period
push cx
push dx
db 0b8h ; t=(x^(x shl a))
random_x: dw 1
mov dx,ax
mov cl,5
shl dx,cl
xor ax,dx
mov dx,ax ; y=(y^(y shr c))^(t^(t shr b))
mov cl,3 ; ^^^^^^^^^^^
shr dx,cl
xor ax,dx
push ax ; save t^(t shr b)
db 0b8h
random_y: dw 1
mov cs:[random_x],ax ; x=y
mov dx,ax ; y=(y^(y shr c))^(t^(t shr b))
shr dx,1 ; ^^^^^^^^^^^
xor ax,dx
pop dx
xor ax,dx
mov cs:[random_y],ax
pop dx
pop cx


Ben Jamin' said...

Which triplet passes the most tests? (5,3,1)?

Brad Forschinger said...

From memory the asterisked triplets performed equally well.