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Call Reentrant Code with No Persistent or Global Data (UNIX Only)

This example requires POSIX thread (pthread) libraries and, therefore, runs only on UNIX® platforms. It is a simple multithreaded example that uses no persistent or global data. Two threads call the MATLAB® function matrix_exp with different sets of input data.

Provide a Main Function

To call the reentrant code, provide a main function that:

  • Includes the header file matrix_exp.h.

  • For each thread, allocates memory for stack data.

  • Calls the matrix_exp_initialize housekeeping function. For more information, see Deploy Generated Code.

  • Calls matrix_exp.

  • Calls matrix_exp_terminate.

  • Frees the memory used for stack data.

For this example, main.c contains:

#include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>
#include <pthread.h>
#include "matrix_exp.h"
#include "matrix_exp_initialize.h"
#include "matrix_exp_terminate.h"
#include "rtwtypes.h"
#define NUMELEMENTS (160*160)

typedef struct {
    real_T in[NUMELEMENTS];
    real_T out[NUMELEMENTS];
    matrix_expStackData* spillData;

/* The thread_function calls the matrix_exp function written in MATLAB */
void *thread_function(void *dummyPtr) {
    IODATA *myIOData = (IODATA*)dummyPtr;
    matrix_exp(myIOData->spillData, myIOData->in, myIOData->out);

int main() {
    pthread_t thread1, thread2;
    int  iret1, iret2;
    IODATA data1;
    IODATA data2;
    int32_T i;
    /*Initializing data for passing to the 2 threads*/
    matrix_expStackData* sd1=(matrix_expStackData*)calloc(1,sizeof(matrix_expStackData));
    matrix_expStackData* sd2=(matrix_expStackData*)calloc(1,sizeof(matrix_expStackData));
    data1.spillData = sd1;
    data2.spillData = sd2;
    for (i=0;i<NUMELEMENTS;i++) {[i] = 1;
        data1.out[i] = 0;[i] = 1.1;
        data2.out[i] = 0;
    /*Initializing the 2 threads and passing required data to the thread functions*/
    printf("Starting thread 1...\n");
    iret1 = pthread_create(&thread1, NULL, thread_function, (void*) &data1);
    if (iret1 != 0){
		perror( "Thread 1 creation failed.");

    printf("Starting thread 2...\n");
    iret2 = pthread_create(&thread2, NULL, thread_function, (void*) &data2);
    if (iret2 != 0){
        perror( "Thread 2 creation failed.");
    /*Wait for both the threads to finish execution*/
    iret1 = pthread_join(thread1, NULL);
    if (iret1 != 0){
		perror( "Thread 1 join failed.");
    iret2 = pthread_join(thread2, NULL);
    if (iret2 != 0){
		perror( "Thread 2 join failed.");
    printf("Finished Execution!\n");

Generate Reentrant C Code

To generate code, run the following script at the MATLAB command prompt.

% This example can only be run on Unix platforms
if ~isunix
  error('This example requires pthread libraries and can only be run on Unix.');

% Setting the options for the Config object

% Create a code gen configuration object
cfg = coder.config('exe');

% Enable reentrant code generation
cfg.MultiInstanceCode = true;

% Set the post code generation command to be the 'setbuildargs' function
cfg.PostCodeGenCommand = 'setbuildargs(buildInfo)';

% Compiling 
codegen -config cfg main.c matrix_exp.m -report -args ones(160,160)  

This script:

  • Generates an error message if the example is not running on a UNIX platform.

  • Creates a code configuration object for generation of an executable.

  • Enables the MultiInstanceCode option to generate reusable, reentrant code.

  • Uses the PostCodeGenCommand option to set the post code generation command to be the setbuildargs function. This function sets the -lpthread flag to specify that the build include the pthread library.

    function setbuildargs(buildInfo)
    % The example being compiled requires pthread support.
    % The -lpthread flag requests that the pthread library
    % be included in the build
        linkFlags = {'-lpthread'};
        addLinkFlags(buildInfo, linkFlags);

    For more information, see Build Process Customization.

  • Invokes codegen with the following options:

    • -config to pass in the code generation configuration object cfg.

    • main.c to include this file in the compilation.

    • -report to create a code generation report.

    • -args to specify an example input with class, size, and complexity.

Examine the Generated Code

codegen generates a header file matrix_exp_types.h, which defines the matrix_expStackData global structure. This structure contains local variables that are too large to fit on the stack.

 * matrix_exp_types.h
 * Code generation for function 'matrix_exp'

#ifndef __MATRIX_EXP_TYPES_H__
#define __MATRIX_EXP_TYPES_H__

/* Include files */
#include "rtwtypes.h"

/* Type Definitions */
#ifndef typedef_matrix_expStackData
#define typedef_matrix_expStackData

typedef struct {
  struct {
    double F[25600];
    double Y[25600];
    double X[25600];
  } f0;
} matrix_expStackData;

#endif                                 /*typedef_matrix_expStackData*/

/* End of code generation (matrix_exp_types.h) */

Run the Code

Call the code using the command:

The executable runs and reports completion.

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