Atomic Composite Signals

Recommendation: Investigate Further

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Requirement Summary & Rationale

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IEEE 200X Performance Change Proposal


Proposer: John Ries email:

Status: Open Proposed: 05-May-2003 Analyzed: Date Resolved: Date

Enhancement Summary: Signal Atomicity Related issues: PERF04 Relevant LRM section:

Enhancement Detail:

Composite signals semantics are currently defined in terms of their scalar subelements. It has been requested to allow users to control whether a composite signal is single indivisible object, one signal per scalar subelement, or a signal per composite subelement.


To be performed by the 200X Performance Working Group


To be performed by the 200X Performance Working Group]

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From Jan 31, 2013 meeting

  • Normal composites track events on each subelement
  • Atomic composite only tracks events on the composite
  • With Atomic do I get element resolution functions or do require a resolution function for the entire composite?
  • Can simulators already do this?
    • To some degree. If elements not accessed
  • Are there use cases that the compiler needs help with?
    • What sort of help does the compiler need?
    • Will this provide any benefit?
  • Recommend Investigate Further

General Comments

Email Reflector Comments

From: Peter Flake (Thu Jan 03 2013 - 09:48:21 PST)

Perf 5: Signal atomicity

I do not understand the effect of this enhancement, and its purpose.

From: Brent Hayhoe (Mon Jan 21 2013 - 13:09:26 PST)

PERF-05 Signal Atomicity

I am guessing here, but could this be linked to this scenario:

   type comp_rt is
sig1_l : Std_Logic;
sig2_l : Std_Logic;
     end record comp_rt;
   signal rec_grp_rs : comp_rt;
   process a1(rec_grp_rs.sig1_l)
   process a2(rec_grp_rs.sig2_l)

In order to trigger each process independently, the selected record elements would each act as a sort of sub-signal for the sensitivity lists, rather than have the processes sensitive to the entire record signal.

Topic revision: r4 - 2020-02-17 - 15:34:28 - JimLewis
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