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Graduate Student Seminar - 03/31/2017

"Designing and Evaluating Physical Random Number Generators"

by Joseph Hart

Friday, March 31, 2017 -- 12:00 p.m.
Large Conference Room, 1207 Energy Research Facility

Advisor: Professor Thomas Murphy

Random number generation underlies modern cryptographic techniques used to ensure the privacy of digital communication and storage. While cryptographic security has traditionally been provided by deterministic pseudo-random algorithms, the most secure digital information systems have begun to utilize physical sources of “true” randomness to supplement or replace pseudo-random number generators. In this talk, I will discuss this process and the implications for the evaluation of random number generators. I will also describe several different physical systems that are commonly used as sources of randomness and compare these physical sources of randomness using an entropy estimation technique borrowed from chaotic time-series analysis.

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