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I am seeing a crash with an aarch64 debug SystemC-2.3.2 build (built using gcc-5.4.0). The crash is somewhere in the quickthreads code.

Would appreciate any help resolving this. 

Below is the test case I am using with gcc-5.4.0

#include "systemc.h"


  void thread() {
        cout << "thread executing ..." << endl;

  SC_CTOR(top) {


int sc_main(int argc, char** argv)
        top t1("t1");
        sc_start(10, SC_NS);
        return 0;


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I don't see anything wrong with the code, but I don't have access to this platform.  The aarch64 platform support has been contributed newly in SystemC 2.3.2 and has only been tested with GCC 4.5.0 so far.

  • Can you provide more more details about the crash? (e.g. backtrace, build logs for library and application - including all command-line invocations, ...)

  • Do you see any compiler warnings during the library/model build?

  • Does it help to switch to the pthreads-based process implementation (../configure --enable-pthreads ...)?

Greetings from Duisburg,

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Thanks for the quick response Philipp.

Configuration options for the library:

../configure --prefix=/path/to/install --enable-debug --disable-silent-rules --disable-optimize

The only warning that stands out is :

libtool: compile:  g++ -DSC_INCLUDE_FX -DSC_BUILD -I. -I../../../src/sysc -I../../../src -Wall -g -pthread -MT kernel/sc_thread_process.lo -MD -MP -MF kernel/.deps/sc_thread_process.Tpo -c ../../../src/sysc/kernel/sc_thread_process.cpp  -fPIC -DPIC -o kernel/.libs/sc_thread_process.o
../../../src/sysc/kernel/sc_thread_process.cpp:107:34: warning: 'force_align_arg_pointer' attribute directive ignored [-Wattributes]
 void sc_thread_cor_fn( void* arg )


The other warning that I see is (i think i can safely ignore this)

libtool: link: warning: library `/u/prod/gnu/gcc/20180108/gcc-5.4.0-linux_aarch64/bin/../lib/gcc/aarch64-unknown-linux-gnu/5.4.0/../../../../lib64/libstdc++.la' was moved.

The build log file for the library is greater than 0.49 Mb hence I am unable to attach it.

Stack trace:

Unfortunately there is nothing in the stack trace, but on single stepping through the instructions in "aarch64.s"

 77     ldp d8,  d9,  [sp, #-160] <-- it is this line that eventually leads to thecrash
 79 _qt_align:
 80 qt_align:
 81     ret

gdb stack trace:

        SystemC 2.3.2-Accellera --- Apr 10 2018 11:05:10
        Copyright (c) 1996-2017 by all Contributors,

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x0000ffffffffe440 in ?? ()
(gdb) where
#0  0x0000ffffffffe440 in ?? ()
#1  0x0000ffffffffe440 in ?? ()

I don't have gcc-4.5.0 built, but will try that as well.

Thanks again for the response. Appreciate it.


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I had gcc-4.8.5 available on the ARM machine we are using. I could reproduce the crash with gcc-4.8.5 as well.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Hi @vasu_c, thanks for finding this. The patch below should fix your issue if you want to try it out early. Apologies for the inconvenience.

--- a/src/sysc/packages/qt/md/aarch64.s
+++ b/src/sysc/packages/qt/md/aarch64.s
@@ -59,8 +59,10 @@ qt_blocki:
     mov x0, sp  // arg0 = old_sp
     mov sp, x3  // sp = new_sp
+    sub sp, sp, 160
     // (*helper)(old_sp, a0, a1)
     blr x4
+    add sp, sp, 160
     // Callee-saved
     ldp x29, x30, [sp, #-16]  // frame, link


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