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Hi all, 

 I was asked to "Write five SystemC SC_MODULE master modules that connect to an sc_semaphore." in my project yet I found no example of doing such things. All the examples are about using sc_semaphore inside a single module, in which we can have several processes to share that semaphore.

 I checked asic-world instruction and example, by definition, "SystemC provides Channels for communication between two modules. "  But I just don't know how. :)


 I would really appreciate it if you could share any thoughts about this.


Thank you!



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Alan, Benny,


There are no built-in ways of connecting to a semaphore (no ports or built-in channels).


The easiest solution would probably be to pass a reference to the semaphore into each module via a constructor argument,


In general, I would not recommend to share data between modules by passing plain references or pointers around.

Instead, it should be possible to use the standard semaphore interface in a plain sc_port and bind the semaphore "channel" to it, as you would do with any other channel as well.

SC_MODULE(module) {
  sc_port< sc_semaphore_if > sem_port; // semaphore port
  // ...
  // access semaphore functions via "sem_port->", e.g. sem_port->post();

sc_semaphore my_sem("my_sem");
module my_module("my_module");

my_module.sem_port( my_sem ); // binding

Whether or not a semaphore should be used as a channel across module boundaries is a different question.


Greetings from Oldenburg,

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