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Hello ,


I have a confusion related to systemc data types particularly 

what is the difference between sc_int and int(c++) ....the difference

i found out was that sc_int is 64bit and int is 2byte or 4 byte depends on compiler....


could anyone elaborate any difference in above and which is preferred ???

does it have any effect on scheduler  ??

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1.sc_int<w> , here 'w' can vary from 1 to 64 bits any number you can take,based on your requirement.default is 32 bits


2.int ,it is a c++ data type it takes by default 32 bits.


But simulation speed is fast when you use c++ data type compare to the systemC datatype..


so when you use 32 bits use C++ datatype(int) data type ...else use systemC datatype(sc_int)...

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If you want to guarantee the # of bits, but want speed then you should include <cstdint> or stdint.h (which has become part of the C++11 standard, but has been available for many years). You only have access to multiples of 8-bits, but at least least it's fast. Of course to grab bit ranges you will need to do the standard software masking rather than the convenience of sc_int.


sc_int<W> should be used for situations where modeling the exact number of bits will make a difference in the results. For example, if the hardware implementation will have 13 bits and you do arithmetic (addition/subtraction), then sc_int<W> can catch overflow issues. Another example is synthesis of a register, where you need to control size of the hardware.


The difference in performance is dramatic. Consider the following code and timing results:


    using data_t = int32_t; //< replace this with sc_int<32>, sc_fixed<32,32>, float, etc...
    data_t result = 1;
    data_t A = 1103515245;
    data_t C = 12345;

    start_timer(); //< Calls a routine to get CPU time using C++11 constructs -- portable
    for (size_t loop=loop_count; loop!=0; --loop)
      result = A * result + C;
    cout << "result=" << result << endl; // Ensure compiler doesn't optimize loop out
    report_time(typeid(data_t).name); //< Calculates final time -- Be sure to filter with c++filt
I saw results for SystemC 2.3.0-ASI --- Jan  6 2014 07:20:27 (on 2.7GHz Intel i7) with no optimization using clang++ compiler:
loop_count = 1e8
int                     took  0.343008s
sc_dt::sc_int<32>       took  2.01204s
double                  took  0.755805s
sc_dt::sc_fixed<32, 32> took 41.3482s
With -O3 optimization:
loop_count = 1e8
int                     took  0.125028s
sc_dt::sc_int<32>       took  0.199671s
double                  took  0.364543s
sc_dt::sc_fixed<32, 32> took 25.6714s
So be careful what you select AND what compiler options you use.
You can view the source code at https://github.com/dcblack/scdataperf
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