Dpi exported tasks with array inputs don't compile.
Compiling the following with verilator --lint_only gives the error message
Unsupported: Assignment between packed arrays of different dimensions
export "DPI-C" task dpi_bytes; task dpi_bytes; input byte bytes [1:0]; endtask
I've also tried declaring an input string (which admittedly is documented as unsupported).
Are there any plans to support this sort of thing, or any workarounds?
#1 Updated by Wilson Snyder almost 8 years ago
Are you trying to pass a string? Strings aren't represented as an array of bytes in verilog, but rather one long number, so you'd do this
task dpi_bytes; input field [2*8-1:0];
Then in C you'd need to convert the null terminated string to the proper width. Or use a SystemVerilog string, but ;)
As for the original question, there isn't any array support across the DPI yet. If that is really what you're trying to do, and this example code works in other simulators, it shouldn't be too hard, let me know and I'll look.
#2 Updated by Thomas Watts almost 8 years ago
I'm actually trying to pass a transaction of 10s of bytes from C to Verilog. I was hoping to assemble the bytes in a C char array and pass through the DPI to a System Verilog array of bytes. Although using a string or large vector wouldn't be too difficult as you suggest.
However I can't get any of these three approaches to work with Verilator. 2-D arrays get the message as described in the original bug report, strings and vectors larger than 32-bits are unsupported.
I am developing this code to be portable and it does work in another simulator. I pass the dpi function a const char * and can index the bytes in System Verilog.
Let me know if I can help with testcases or beta testing.
#3 Updated by Wilson Snyder almost 8 years ago
- Category set to Unsupported
- Status changed from New to Assigned
- Assignee set to Wilson Snyder
DPI exports of wide vectors should be supported, there's a test case in test_regress/t/t_dpi_export.v; if you could modify that file to show the failure and to show an example of what you'd like I'll do what I can. (Run it with test_regress/t/t_dpi_export.pl [--vcs] [--nc])
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