Alessandro Alessandro - 25 days ago 22
C Question

SystemVerilog DPI-C pointers

I have a question about the DPI connection between SystemVerilog and C. Specifically, I have a C function that looks like:

unsigned short C_FUN(unsigned char* data)


and what I want to pass to it is a
bit[7:0] my_darray[];


Which is the best way to do it?
Thanks in advance.

Answer

A mixed packed/unpacked dynamic array is handled as an svOpenArrayHandle in the C layer of the DPI. You're going to have to create a wrapper function that converts from the SystemVerilog type to your type:

#include "svdpi.h"

unsigned short c_fun_wrapper(const svOpenArrayHandle a) {
  unsigned char* data;
  // convert 'a' to your type
  // ...

  // call your function
  return c_fun(data);
}

For more info on how to convert from have a look at the IEEE 1800-2012 standard, section 35 and annex H.

What you basically have are some nice functions that you can use to operate on the array (defined in the svdpi.h file):

int svLength(const svOpenArrayHandle h, int d);
void *svGetArrElemPtr1(const svOpenArrayHandle, int indx1);

You can use these functions to loop over all elements and fill an array of char that will be pointed to by data.

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