Double SIMD Mersenne Twister (dSFMT)

class randomgen.dsfmt.DSFMT(seed=None, *, mode=None)

Container for the SIMD-based Mersenne Twister pseudo RNG.


Random seed used to initialize the pseudo-random number generator. Can be any integer between 0 and 2**32 - 1 inclusive, an array (or other sequence) of unsigned 32-bit integers, a SeedSequence instance or None (the default). If seed is None, then 764 32-bit unsigned integers are read from /dev/urandom (or the Windows analog) if available. If unavailable, a hash of the time and process ID is used.


The seeding mode to use. “legacy” uses the legacy SplitMix64-based initialization. “sequence” uses a SeedSequence to transforms the seed into an initial state. None defaults to “sequence”.


Lock instance that is shared so that the same bit git generator can be used in multiple Generators without corrupting the state. Code that generates values from a bit generator should hold the bit generator’s lock.




The SeedSequence instance used to initialize the generator if mode is “sequence” or is seed is a SeedSequence. None if mode is “legacy”.


{None, SeedSequence}


DSFMT provides a capsule containing function pointers that produce doubles, and unsigned 32 and 64- bit integers [1] . These are not directly consumable in Python and must be consumed by a Generator or similar object that supports low-level access.

The Python stdlib module “random” also contains a Mersenne Twister pseudo-random number generator.

State and Seeding

The DSFMT state vector consists of a 384 element array of 64-bit unsigned integers plus a single integer value between 0 and 382 indicating the current position within the main array. The implementation used here augments this with a 382 element array of doubles which are used to efficiently access the random numbers produced by the dSFMT generator.

DSFMT is seeded using either a single 32-bit unsigned integer or a vector of 32-bit unsigned integers. In either case, the input seed is used as an input (or inputs) for a hashing function, and the output of the hashing function is used as the initial state. Using a single 32-bit value for the seed can only initialize a small range of the possible initial state values.

Parallel Features

DSFMT can be used in parallel applications by calling the method jump which advances the state as-if \(2^{128}\) random numbers have been generated [2]. This allows the original sequence to be split so that distinct segments can be used in each worker process. All generators should be initialized with the same seed to ensure that the segments come from the same sequence.

>>> from numpy.random import Generator
>>> from randomgen.entropy import random_entropy
>>> from randomgen import DSFMT
>>> seed = random_entropy()
>>> rs = [Generator(DSFMT(seed)) for _ in range(10)]
# Advance each DSFMT instance by i jumps
>>> for i in range(10):
...     rs[i].bit_generator.jump()

Compatibility Guarantee

DSFMT makes a guarantee that a fixed seed and will always produce the same random integer stream.


Seeding and State


Seed the generator


Get or set the PRNG state

Parallel generation


Returns a new bit generator with the state jumped


Jumps the state as-if 2**128 random numbers have been generated.



CFFI interface


ctypes interface


random_raw([size, output])

Return randoms as generated by the underlying BitGenerator