Thursday, May 27, 2010

Modifying the DSP/Link examples and utilizing OE toolchains outside OE

Now that we got OE to build the DSP/Link kernel module and examples for us, we'll probably want to do some tinkering with the sample applications to feel more comfortable with DSP/Link - one may just as well start from scratch, but it definitely won't be as easy as modifying the existing examples.

You should be able to find the dsplink source tree at


and under this directory, you'll find the two directories for the sample sources, namely gpp/src/samples for the GPP-side code of the samples, and dsp/src/samples for the DSP-side. The source codes found in these directories themselves is quite interesting to study to learn how DSP/Link and its components are used, and I've heard that actually tinkering with things allows you to learn much faster *wink wink*.

The thing is, once you have modified the sources, it's not very straightforward to re-compile them as they're part of the DSP/Link make system. Here one can utilize OpenEmbedded's environment to make this go a bit more smoothly.

The ti-devshell recipe generates a shell script which you can run to become bitbake. Well, maybe not become bitbake, but it'll export all the related environment variables for you once you run it, which will make life much easier. One thing before baking the actual recipe that you may want to do is, check the recipe file and see if it contains this line:


if it doesn't, you can just add it somewhere near the top - it'll be generating incorrect paths for the ti- thingies otherwise. Koen mentioned that this is needed due to some hack the ti- recipes are using.

After bitbake ti-devshell you'll end up with a shell script in the OE deploy/addons directory. Try running this script and typing in env to get an idea how much it does for you :)

The part that comes now was inspired by how the recipe does things - it's highly recommended that you examine the file yourself.

Next, go into the dsplink source directory by issuing cd $LINK_INSTALL_DIR. There's one particular environment variable that the script doesn't set, so export DSPLINK=$LINK_INSTALL_DIR/dsplink. Find the config script under config/bin in the dsplink directory, and execute this to configure the DSP/Link make system:

perl --platform=OMAP3530 --nodsp=1 --dspcfg_0=OMAP3530SHMEM --dspos_0=DSPBIOS5XX --gppos=OMAPLSP --comps=ponslrmc

What was that bunch of parameters? You can run the script without any arguments and it'll describe each of them for you, along with the choices you have. Following the default settings (ie the ones I mention above) is highly recommended though.

Just two steps away from completion...there's some more bitbake-inspired environment variables to be set - beware that these represent my particular paths with the OE root located at ~/oe.

export TARGET_PREFIX=arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi-
export TOOLCHAIN_PATH=~/oe/setup-scripts/build/tmp-angstrom_2008_1/cross/armv7a
export TARGET_SYS=arm-angstrom-linux-gnueabi
export STAGING_KERNEL_DIR=~/oe/setup-scripts/build/tmp-angstrom_2008_1/sysroots/beagleboard-angstrom-linux-gnueabi/kernel

Finally, go into the gpp/src/samples directory and...


it's just ripped off from the OE dsp/link recipe, it should be just fine to copy-paste it into your terminal as it's pretty neutral with a lot of environment variables (which we already defined in the previous step). You can repeat the same make comand in dsp/src/samples to build the DSP-side code as well, all of which will end up in the gpp/BUILD and dsp/BUILD directories.

1 comment:

  1. HI,
    I am working with QNX 6.4.1..
    I got prebuilt library of DSPLINK with BSP for OMAPL138 from QNX community portal.
    How to program using DSPLink in QNX momentics IDE.
    please help me in this regard if you have any idea..