Name:    Prof. Michael Mascagni                 
Address: Department of Computer Science and
Department of Mathematics and
Department of Scientific Computing and
Graduate Program in Molecular Biophysics
        Florida State University
         Tallahassee, FL  32306-4530  USA
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Applied and Computational Mathematics Division
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Title: Reproducibility in Stochastic Simulation

In this talk we consider the issues of reproducibility for stochastic simulation.  We define what stochastic computations are, and we first focus on random number generation as a key to controlling reproducibility.  We look at different types of random numbers and how to make them reproducible.   We then show how the Scalable Parallel Random Number Generators (SPRNG) library was designed partly to ensure absolute random number reproducibility.  We then consider situations where even with SPRNG, reproducibility is problematic.  We then introduce a much more modest level of reproducibility that we call "Forensic Reproducibility."  We then consider another approach to reproducibility in stochastic simulations by noting that certain deterministic systems when computed in the presence of round-off error behave more like solutions to stochastic systems.

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