Poisson Integer Generator

Generate Poisson-distributed random integers


Random Data Sources sublibrary of Comm Sources


The Poisson Integer Generator block generates random integers using a Poisson distribution. The probability of generating a nonnegative integer k is


where λ is a positive number known as the Poisson parameter.

You can use the Poisson Integer Generator to generate noise in a binary transmission channel. In this case, the Poisson parameter Lambda should be less than 1, usually much less.

Attributes of Output Signal

The output signal can be a column or row vector, a two-dimensional matrix, or a scalar. The number of rows in the output signal corresponds to the number of samples in one frame and is determined by the Samples per frame parameter. The number of columns in the output signal corresponds to the number of channels and is determined by the number of elements in the Lambda parameter. See Sources and Sinks in Communications Toolbox™ User's Guide for more details.



The Poisson parameter λ. Specify λ as a scalar or row vector whose elements are real numbers. If Lambda is a scalar, then every element in the output vector shares the same Poisson parameter. If Lambda is a row vector, then the number of elements correspond to the number of independent channels output from the block.

Source of initial seed

The source of the initial seed for the random number generator. Specify the source as either Auto or Parameter. When set to Auto, the block uses the global random number stream.


When Source of initial seed is Auto in Code generation mode, the random number generator uses an initial seed of zero. Therefore, the block generates the same random numbers each time it is started. Use Interpreted execution to ensure that the model uses different initial seeds. If Interpreted execution is run in Rapid accelerator mode, then it behaves the same as Code generation mode.

Initial seed

The initial seed value for the random number generator. Specify the seed as a nonnegative integer scalar. Initial seed is available when the Source of initial seed parameter is set to Parameter.

Sample time

The time between each sample of a column of the output signal.

Samples per frame

The number of samples per frame in one channel of the output signal. Specify Samples per frame as a positive integer scalar.


The time between output updates is equal to the product of Samples per frame and Sample time. For example, if Sample time and Samples per frame equal one, the block outputs an integer every second. If Samples per frame is increased to 10, then a 10-by-1 vector is output every 10 seconds. This ensures that the equivalent output rate is not dependent on the Samples per frame parameter.

Output data type

The output type of the block can be specified as a boolean, uint8, uint16, uint32, single, or double. The default is double.

Simulate using

Select the simulation mode.

Code generation

On the first model run, simulate and generate code. If the structure of the block does not change, subsequent model runs do not regenerate the code.

If the simulation mode is Code generation, System objects corresponding to the blocks accept a maximum of nine inputs.

Interpreted execution

Simulate model without generating code. This option results in faster start times but can slow subsequent simulation performance.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using Simulink® Coder™.

See Also



Introduced before R2006a