Randomness from space
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Randomness is at the heart of today's computing. There are two categorical methods to generate random numbers: pseudorandom number generation (PRNG) methods and true random number generation (TRNG) methods. While PRNGs operate orders of magnitude faster than TRNGs, the strength of PRNGs lies in their initial seed. TRNGs can function to generate such a seed. This thesis will focus on studying the feasibility of using the next generation Naval Postgraduate School Femto Satellite (NPSFS) as a TRNG. The hardware for the next generation will come from the Intel Quark D2000 along with its onboard BMC150 6-axis eCompass. We simulated 3-dimensional motion to see if any raw data from the BMC150 could be used as an entropy source for random number generation.We studied various "schemes" on how to select and output specific data bits to determine if more entropy and increased bitrate could be reached. Data collected in this thesis suggests that the BMC150 contains certain bits that could be considered good sources of entropy. Various schemes further utilized these bits to yield a strong entropy source with higher bitrate. We propose the NPSFS be studied further to find other sources of entropy. We also propose a prototype be sent into space for experimental verification of these results.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimitedIncludes supplementary materialReissued 30 May 2017 with correction to degree on title page.
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