vrizz vrizz - 1 month ago 16
C Question

Contiki difference between RTIMER_NOW() and clock_time()

I would like to know the difference between

RTIMER_NOW()


and

clock_time()


function.


  1. Can I store the values they return in an int variable?

  2. Do they return the time referred to the whole simulation or to the single mote that call them? If a mote starts its main process 5 sec after the first event in the simulation, does these functions return the value of the simulation or the (value of simulation - 5 sec)?



Thank you.

kfx kfx
Answer Source

The two functions:

  • RTIMER_NOW() - returns the uptime in real-time timer (rtimer) ticks modulo rtimer overflow value. For example, on a platforms where RTIMER_ARCH_SECOND is 32768 and the overflow happens every 2 seconds, the value will always be between 0 and 65535, inclusive.

  • clock_time() - returns the uptime in clock ticks. Unlike the rtimer ticks, these are monotonic (that is, always nondecreasing). By default there are 128 ticks per second (the constant CLOCK_SECOND defines this).

Your other questions:

  1. Use uint32_t, then values will always fit in a 32-bit integer. Otherwise on platforms where int is 16 bits, values of type rtimer_ticks_t and/or clock_time_t might not fit in it.

  2. How do you possibly think that would work? What is the vaulue of "simulation time" when the code is executing on real nodes? The answer is no, the emulated nodes in Cooja have no idea about the "simulation time".