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An explorative peek into generating deterministic primes through a multi-level multi-language tunneling apparatus

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This paper is a summary of a research exercise conducted in conjunction by Nish Sivakumar, Professor Cuthbert Calculus, and Glenn Quagmire.

This article was written as a joke for April Fools Day 2010. Readers are advised not to take the contents of this article too seriously.


This paper is a summary of a research exercise conducted in conjunction by Nish Sivakumar, Professor Cuthbert Calculus, and Glenn Quagmire. The paper describes an explorative peek into generating deterministic primes through a multi-level multi-language tunneling apparatus. The example code is kept simple enough so as to keep focus on the fundamental problem we are attempting to solve. At the core, we start off with an inline assembler method consumed by an exported C function, wrapped and exported as a C++ class that's then consumed and exposed to the CLR through a C++/CLI wrapper, which is then used by a C# COM DLL that exposes an interface that is consumed through VBScript and executed through a command scriplet. 

Inline assembly

int GenerateIndex(int num)
    mov eax, dword ptr [num]
    xor edx, edx
    mov ecx, 3
    idiv ecx
    mov eax, edx

This is the core randomization code and it's in assembly to keep things simple and lightweight. In the example we restrict the number of cached prime numbers to 3 and hence the divisor in the code.

C DLL Export

int __stdcall DllMain()
  return 0;

int primes[] = { 29, 37, 61 };

__declspec(dllexport) int GetDetPrime()
  return primes[GenerateIndex(GetTickCount())];

The C DLL essentially exports a simple function that returns a deterministic prime, and the code internally delegates the randomization logic to the assembler code. At this point the library is consumable by any framework or layer capable of calling a C DLL.

C++ class Export

// The header file
class __declspec(dllexport) CDetPrimeLib 
  int GetDetPrime();

// Implementation file
#pragma comment(lib, "DetPrime.lib")

extern "C" __declspec(dllimport) int GetDetPrime();

int CDetPrimeLib::GetDetPrime()
  return ::GetDetPrime();

Here we wrap the C DLL and export it as a C++ class to natively support the most popular programming language in the world. It's a very thin wrapper since we don't want to add any overhead at this point.

CLI wrapper using C++/CLI

#pragma once

#pragma comment(lib, "DetPrimeLib.lib")

class __declspec(dllimport) CDetPrimeLib 
  int GetDetPrime();

namespace DetPrimeManWrap 
  public ref class DetPrimeManaged
    CDetPrimeLib* pNative;

      pNative = new CDetPrimeLib();


      delete pNative;

    int GetDetPrime()
      return pNative->GetDetPrime();

While we have already provided enough API exposure to be considered mainstream, it makes good sense to also directly support .NET and thus we have a C++/CLI wrapper library that exposes the functionality to managed callers.

COM wrapper using C#

[assembly: ComVisible(true)]
[assembly: Guid("6b4bf847-a45d-4f87-ba53-0d4a9fffa975")]
[assembly: AssemblyVersion("")]
[assembly: AssemblyFileVersion("")]

namespace DetPrimeCOM
    using DetPrimeManWrap;

    public interface IDetPrime
        int GetDetPrime();

    public class DetPrime : IDetPrime
        public int GetDetPrime()
            return new DetPrimeManaged().GetDetPrime();

Since we support .NET we may as well support COM too and that's what the above C# code does. The code is now ready for COM consumption.

VBScript caller

Dim detPrime 
Set detPrime = CreateObject("DetPrimeCOM.DetPrime")
Wscript.Echo "The generated Deterministic Prime is " & detPrime.GetDetPrime

VB6 is now officially extinct and so we resort to a simple VBScript script to invoke the COM library.

Command scriplet

@%windir%\syswow64\cscript.exe /nologo DetPrime.vbs

And the last piece in our architecture is the command scriplet which executes the VBScript through cscript.exe so we can run it on a 64 bit OS, even though the code is 32 bit to support the vast majority of frameworks out there.


This article was written as a joke for April Fools Day 2010. Readers are advised not to take the contents of this article too seriously.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


About the Authors

Nish Nishant

United States United States
Nish is a real nice guy who has been writing code since 1990 when he first got his hands on an 8088 with 640 KB RAM. Originally from sunny Trivandrum in India, he has been living in various places over the past few years and often thinks it’s time he settled down somewhere.
Nish has been a Microsoft Visual C++ MVP since October, 2002 - awfully nice of Microsoft, he thinks. He maintains an MVP tips and tricks web site - where you can find a consolidated list of his articles, writings and ideas on VC++, MFC, .NET and C++/CLI. Oh, and you might want to check out his blog on C++/CLI, MFC, .NET and a lot of other stuff -
Nish loves reading Science Fiction, P G Wodehouse and Agatha Christie, and also fancies himself to be a decent writer of sorts. He has authored a romantic comedy Summer Love and Some more Cricket as well as a programming book – Extending MFC applications with the .NET Framework.
Nish's latest book C++/CLI in Action published by Manning Publications is now available for purchase. You can read more about the book on his blog.
Despite his wife's attempts to get him into cooking, his best effort so far has been a badly done omelette. Some day, he hopes to be a good cook, and to cook a tasty dinner for his wife.

Professor Cuthbert Calculus
United States United States
I am a multiple PhD with a deep interest in science. My recent research has been in the field of deterministic prime numbers.

Glenn Quagmire
Program Manager
United States United States
I am a former airline pilot who's currently doing research on deterministic primes under Professor Calculus.

Comments and Discussions

QuestionMy Vote of 5 Pinprotectorthatraja31-Mar-14 21:56 
AnswerRe: My Vote of 5 PinmvpNish Sivakumar2-Apr-14 5:06 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembergndnet7-Nov-12 8:44 
GeneralMy Vote of 5 Pinmvpthatraja1-Apr-11 6:44 
GeneralRe: My Vote of 5 PinmvpNishant Sivakumar1-Apr-11 10:29 
JokeExcellent article Pinmvpthatraja14-Jan-11 4:40 
GeneralRe: Excellent article PinmvpNishant Sivakumar14-Jan-11 4:53 
GeneralNever tell the same joke twice Pinmemberpwasser22-Dec-10 17:25 
April fools jokes do not age well.
Peter Wasser

GeneralWhoa PinsitebuilderAndy Brummer2-Apr-10 6:13 
GeneralRe: Whoa PinmvpNishant Sivakumar2-Apr-10 6:22 
GeneralRe: Whoa PinmvpPete O'Hanlon2-Apr-10 10:09 
GeneralPlzzzz Help PinmemberAbhinav S2-Apr-10 5:45 
GeneralRe: Plzzzz Help PinmvpNishant Sivakumar2-Apr-10 5:46 
GeneralRe: Plzzzz Help PinmemberAbhinav S2-Apr-10 6:16 
GeneralNice - but impressive ! Pinmemberemilio_grv1-Apr-10 22:22 
GeneralRe: Nice - but impressive ! PinmvpNishant Sivakumar2-Apr-10 3:02 
GeneralThis could lead to man love. PinmvpPete O'Hanlon1-Apr-10 10:27 
GeneralRe: This could lead to man love. PinmvpNishant Sivakumar1-Apr-10 13:34 
GeneralExcellent PinmemberDouglas Troy1-Apr-10 10:16 
GeneralRe: Excellent PinmvpNishant Sivakumar1-Apr-10 13:34 
GeneralMemory hog... PinmemberMike Rich1-Apr-10 9:37 
GeneralRe: Memory hog... PinmvpNishant Sivakumar1-Apr-10 13:33 
GeneralBrilliant stuff! PinmemberRavi Bhavnani1-Apr-10 8:32 
GeneralRe: Brilliant stuff! PinmvpNishant Sivakumar1-Apr-10 13:33 
GeneralMy vote of 1 Pinmembersam.hill1-Apr-10 5:54 

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