Parallel Random Numbers with OpenMP

RANDOM_OPENMP is a FORTRAN77 program which uses random numbers during a calculation that has been parallelized with OpenMP.

The random numbers are generated by a function which depends on a user-defined integer called SEED. When multiple OpenMP threads are involved, each thread should be assigned a different initial value for SEED, in order that the threads generate distinct streams of random numbers. This example shows one way that that can be done.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


RANDOM_OPENMP is available in a C version and a C++ version and a FORTRAN77 version and a FORTRAN90 version.

Related Data and Programs:

DIJKSTRA_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which uses OpenMP to parallelize a simple example of Dijkstra's minimum distance algorithm for graphs.

FFT_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which demonstrates the computation of a Fast Fourier Transform in parallel, using OpenMP.

HEATED_PLATE_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which solves the steady (time independent) heat equation in a 2D rectangular region, using OpenMP to run in parallel.

HELLO_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which prints out "Hello, world!" using the OpenMP parallel programming environment.

MULTITASK_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which demonstrates how to "multitask", that is, to execute several unrelated and distinct tasks simultaneously, using OpenMP for parallel execution.

MXM_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which computes a dense matrix product C=A*B, using OpenMP for parallel execution.

MXV_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which carries out the matrix-vector multiplication calculation using OpenMP.

OPENMP, FORTRAN77 programs which illustrate the use of the OpenMP application program interface for carrying out parallel computations in a shared memory environment.

POISSON_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which computes an approximate solution to the Poisson equation in a rectangle, using the Jacobi iteration to solve the linear system, and OpenMP to carry out the Jacobi iteration in parallel.

QUAD_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which approximates an integral using a quadrature rule, and carries out the computation in parallel using OpenMP.

SATISFY_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which demonstrates, for a particular circuit, an exhaustive search for solutions of the circuit satisfiability problem, using OpenMP for parallel execution.

SCHEDULE_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which demonstrates the default, static, and dynamic methods of "scheduling" loop iterations in OpenMP to avoid work imbalance.

SGEFA_OPENMP, a FORTRAN77 program which solves a linear system by Gaussian elimination, using OpenMP.

UNIFORM, a FORTRAN77 library which computes elements of a uniformly distributed pseudorandom sequence.


  1. Peter Arbenz, Wesley Petersen,
    Introduction to Parallel Computing - A practical guide with examples in C,
    Oxford University Press,
    ISBN: 0-19-851576-6,
    LC: QA76.58.P47.
  2. Rohit Chandra, Leonardo Dagum, Dave Kohr, Dror Maydan, Jeff McDonald, Ramesh Menon,
    Parallel Programming in OpenMP,
    Morgan Kaufmann, 2001,
    ISBN: 1-55860-671-8,
    LC: QA76.642.P32.
  3. Barbara Chapman, Gabriele Jost, Ruud vanderPas, David Kuck,
    Using OpenMP: Portable Shared Memory Parallel Processing,
    MIT Press, 2007,
    ISBN13: 978-0262533027,
    LC: QA76.642.C49.

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Last revised on 03 September 2012.