Compiling SystemC and SystemC-AMS on Windows with MSYS2
One option to compile SystemC and SystemC-AMS libraries on Windows is to use a development environment like MSYS2. According to their website MSYS2 is a software distro and building platform for Windows :
At its core is an independent rewrite of MSYS, based on modern Cygwin (POSIX compatibility layer) and MinGW-w64 with the aim of better interoperability with native Windows software. It provides a bash shell, Autotools, revision control systems and the like for building native Windows applications using MinGW-w64 toolchains.
It features a package management system to provide easy installation of packages, Pacman. It brings many powerful features such as dependency resolution and simple complete system upgrades, as well as straight-forward package building.
- Windows 7 professional
- MSYS2 20170918
- gcc 7.3
- SystemC 2.3.2
- SystemC-AMS 2.1
2. Install MSYS2
Go to MSYS2 homepage and follow the instructions. I normally chose the 64-bit because is theoretically faster, but the 32-bit should work as well.
For more detailed installation instructions visit this page.
If pacman quits unexpectedly, edit your C:\msys64\etc\pacman.conf and uncommend the following line:
XferCommand = /usr/bin/wget --passive-ftp -c -O %o %u
3. Install GCC
If only 64-bit compiler is needed, use the following command:
pacman -S --needed base-devel mingw-w64-x86_64-toolchain
To install the 32-bit version instead:
pacman -S --needed base-devel mingw-w64-i686-toolchain
Other useful packages (optional):
pacman -S --needed git subversion mercurial
If everything went well, one should be able to run the following command:
$ gcc --version gcc.exe (Rev1, Built by MSYS2 project) 7.3.0 Copyright (C) 2017 Free Software Foundation, Inc. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
This should be strait forward. SystemC library is in a more advanced phase of development and I never had any problem compiling it in several different machines and operating systems.
First launch a mingw shell (32 or 64 bits):
Figure 1: Mingw64 Shortcut.
Then go to the SystemC folder and run the following commands:
cd systemc-2.3.2/ mkdir build && cd build ../configure --prefix=/usr/local/systemc-2.3.2 make -j4 make install
Now there is a trick. SystemC-AMS 2.1 is not compiling out of the box with SystemC 2.3.2. But this is very simple to fix updating the following files:
In both I have changed from:
#include <cstring> #include "systemc-ams"
Otherwise the make process fails on these modules, complaining that "memset" is not defined. Now just follow the standard procedure:
cd systemc-ams-2.1 mkdir build && cd build ../configure --prefix=/usr/local/systemc-ams-2.1 --with-systemc=/usr/local/systemc-2.3.2 make -j4 make install
After completing this tutorial you should be able to compile applications using the SystemC and SystemC-AMS libraries. If you need an example project you might use my PLL simulator.
If you found a bug, have suggestions or just want to share your opinion about this tutorial, please leave a comment bellow.