Library_submissions and Call for Maintainers

Edward Kmett ekmett at
Mon Mar 30 18:25:28 UTC 2015

There was some handwringing recently about the fact that we have two random
packages in the platform.

You may also want to look at what tf-random is doing, and see if it would
make sense to try to merge the two packages. Perhaps reach out to Michał
Pałka? It seems a shame to have two classes for Random lying around with
subtly different semantics.


On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 3:55 AM, Dominic Steinitz <dominic at>

> Edward Kmett <ekmett <at>> writes:
>  >  * random
> >
> >  We've had some truly excellent work done over the last couple of
> >  years on how to deal with "splitting" a random number generator in a
> >  cryptographically sound manner. I spent some time cleaning up a few
> >  outstanding issues for this package personally over the summer, but
> >  have not had nearly enough time to devote to the issue of how to
> >  integrate the outcome of the recent research on splitting, while
> >  simultaneously caring about performance and soundness.
> I finally managed to get some time to start looking at this. I have
> created a ticket here
> Please add comments and any information you think Carter and I might
> find helpful.
> I discovered the package has some benchmarks that are 3+ years old. At
> the moment, I am not sure what they are telling me. If anyone has any
> background / views please chip in.
> Dominic.
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