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K7NVH Random Number Generator

The K7NVH Random Number Generator (https://digitalnigel.com/wordpress/?p=1892) is a device designed in a small USB stick format to generate true, quantum random numbers and make that data available to the linux kernel entropy pool to supplement the built in PRNG (Pseudo-Random Number Generator).

The randomness source is a reverse biased PN junction in a NPN transistor. The resulting noise is amplified and sampled to create a stream of binary data.

The device is available to the host system as a USB serial device, which when accessed transfers an endless (but at this point, biased) stream of ASCII '1' and '0' characters.

The stream of ASCII characters is then processed to whiten them, and converted to raw binary data, which can be fed into the kernel entropy pool.

firmware

This is the source code to be compiled by AVR-GCC for installation on the device itself. The device should already have this installed, and is only needed if you want to make modifications.

software

This is the source code to be compiled on your linux or OSX system for the entropy processing daemon that will read from the RNG device, whiten the received entropy, and by default, push the data into the kernel entropy pool for use by other applications.

utilities

This is the source code for a number of utilities and test programs created to flesh out ideas or test functioning of the RNG device.

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