PScript Interpreter – Part 8 – RTOS

We will always have some kind of RTOS behind PScript regardless where we execute, so what I need a few system functions to interface to the RTOS in an uniform way. I my own linear scheduler that scale better than and that is perfect for extending thread shifters. The advantage is that I get the same RTOS functionality on STM32, Windows and Linux etc.

Timers I need to start and stop timer functions. A time function can be something I need to execute on regular basis or simply a function to be executed if I time out on an operation.
Modules I need to be able to start, stop, suspend and continue other modules. The cool thing is that this can be done locally and remotely. And a module on Windows is basically an executable.
Mutexes I need a mutex capability between threads. Events etc will execute as an interrupt and I need a smart way of locking that down.
File I/O Many devices have Serial SPI, TF Card or some way of storing data, so I need an uniform way of accessing this.
AL MCU’s with Hardware I/O needs to be accessed on an uniform way. This is easy as I will borrow a bit of the Arduino design.

I was considering threads, but for that I need a stack so I can as well stick with a capability to execute multiple modules.

I want to re-visit my notes on parallelism, mutex and transactions on Plain. PScript is growing into becoming an Interpreted version of Plain – I have to watch out for bloating/footprint size – adding RTOS, easyIPC etc will cost, but the result will be worth the extra Kb + I can always #ifdef on functionality to keep things down if I need to.

And – finally I think I am at the end. The list above together with modules and events is a bit of a scope creep, but it also makes PScript very attractive to use. I need to return on syntax details on this list.

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