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Kernel interface functions

The Kernel namespace implements interfaces to attach a function to some kernel events and also to read the kernel tick count.

Kernel namespace reference

get_ms_count() example

The function get_ms_count() can be used to read the current RTOS kernel millisecond tick count. The below code snippet demonstrates use of the get_ms_count() function to calculate the elapsed time:

void send_data()
    // 64-bit time doesn't wrap for half a billion years, at least
    uint64_t now = Kernel::get_ms_count();
    //do some operations
    // ...

    uint64_t later = Kernel::get_ms_count();

    //calculate millisecs elapsed
    uint64_t elapsed_ms = later - now;

Kernel hooks example

You can use the function attach_idle_hook() to attach a function to be called by the RTOS idle task. You can use the function attach_thread_terminate_hook() to attach a function to be called when a thread terminates. The below code snippet demostrates the usage of these hooks.

/* mbed Microcontroller Library
 * Copyright (c) 2018 ARM Limited
 * Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
 * you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
 * You may obtain a copy of the License at
 *     http://www.apache.org/licenses/LICENSE-2.0
 * Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
 * distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
 * See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
 * limitations under the License.
#include "mbed.h"
#include "Kernel.h"

/* Entry function for test thread */
void test_thread(void)
    printf("\ntest thread started");
    printf("\ntest thread exiting");

/* Hook function for thread terminate */
void thread_terminate_hook(osThreadId_t id)
    printf("\ntest thread terminated");

/* Hook function for idle task */
void test_idle_hook(void)
    printf("\nidle hook invoked\n");
    //Now remove this hook and re-instate the original hook by passing a NULL for the idle hook funtion pointer

// main() runs in its own thread in the OS
int main() {
    printf("\nattach_thread_terminate_hook demo:\n");
    //Attach a hook for thread terminate event
    Thread *newThread = new Thread(osPriorityNormal1, 512, NULL, NULL);
    printf("\n\nattach_idle_hook demo:\n");
    //Attach a hook for idle task
    while(1) {

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