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2018-04-13 16:24 GMT+02:00 Albert Chan <>:
> When to use lua upvalue mechanism instead of simpler C static variable ?
> Example, lua 5.4 work-1 math.random :
> It uses upvalue to store the 128-bits random state.
> Why not use static uint64_t state[2] ?

Otherwise the code is not reentrant.

Suppose two processes on Unix run Lua. Only one copy of the Lua shared
library gets loaded.
If a static variable is used, it gets updated when either process asks
for a random number. This violates the contract that the same seed
will buy you the same pseudo-random sequence. If an upvalue is used,
each process has its own independent pseudo-random sequence.