[riot-users] Newcomer

Martine Lenders authmillenon at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 17:25:00 CEST 2015

Hi Jerome,
welcome to the RIOT community.
With your Docker problem I can't help sadly, since I never used the image,
but to your timer question: Currently we are in a transition period: The
older vtimer [1], based on hwtimer [2], that is on its way to be replaced
by an new API xtimer [3] which utilizes the peripheral timer API [4]. If
you want to schedule an event with both of them you use the
vtimer_set_msg() or xtimer_set_msg() functions respectively. It schedules
an IPC message send by the ISR at the scheduled time. Note that this is
independent from the kernel's thread scheduler since it is tick-less and
purely event based. The *_set_msg() function allow you to schedule such
events based on time.

Hope this was helpful,

[1] http://doc.riot-os.org/group__sys__vtimer.html
[2] http://doc.riot-os.org/group__core__hwtimer.html
[3] https://github.com/RIOT-OS/RIOT/pull/2926
[4] http://doc.riot-os.org/group__driver__periph__timer.html

2015-08-01 16:58 GMT+02:00 jerome <jerome at javaxpert.com>:

> Hi all RIOT OS gurus,
> let me introduce myself, I am Jerome a newbie in the embedded world. I was
> previously Java architect as a freelance during 17 years (yes nobody is
> perfect!!).
> I want to start a project with a quite tiny MCU (Cortex ARM M3 L serie or
> maybe Cortex ARM M0+).
> I checked the RTOS landscape and I was seduced by your project:
> - C naming conventions are standard (I can't read FreeRTOS code it's
> horrible)
> - small
> - quite well documented
> - the idea to provide a Docker image is nice but I was unable to launch
> it!!!
> - your build system is really nice , being able to launch the build
> natively is a genious idea!!! I tried to use NuttX but was unable to build
> it...
> I try to read the code (samples) and the docs ....
> I have just a small question, even if I am a newbie with RTOS I am quite
> surprised not to see in the samples/interfaces a way to schedule timers ?
> This is a classical from the RTOS isn't it ? These small schedulers just
> run jobs...I saw in the samples, threads (OK) and message queues (perfect
> for inter threads communication) but no timers...
> I'd like to thank you for your work. I imagine I will have many other
> questions and may be some kinds of proposals to your community (adding
> drivers/boards).
> Kind regards
> Jerome akka deadbrain
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