External Functions

External Functions is an expert user feature and requires a high-level understanding of dynamic library loading and linking. The feature is only officially supported on Linux.

This feature is currently only supported in the Stratego version of Uppaal, version 4.1.20-7 or later.

External Functions can be decreated alongside other declaratios. External functions are local to the current scope, defined by the grammar:

ExternDecl   = 'import'  String '{' [FwdDeclList] '}'
FwdDeclList  = FwdDecl ';' | 
               FwdDeclList FwdDecl ';' 
FwdDecl      = [ID '='] Type ID '(' [Parameters] ')'

The following code will load the external libary externallib.so from the path /home/user/lib and import the functions get_a_number, set_a_number and is_the_wold_safe. The functions is_the_wold_safe will be imported with the name importWithNewName.

We always recommend using a fully qualified path to the library file. If you are using integers in external function, we recommend to defined a full integer range, to avoid problems with UPPAAL bounded integers.

const int INT32_MAX = 2147483647;
typedef int[INT32_MIN,INT32_MAX] int32_t;

import "/home/user/lib/externallib.so" {
  int32_t get_a_number(); 
  void set_a_number(int32_t n);
  importWithNewName = bool is_the_wold_safe();

Type Conversion and Restrictions

The types being transfarable between UPPAAL and external functions are curretly limited to bool, chan, clock, double, ptr_t and string. Omitting complex types such as structs and nexted data structures. Only single-dimenstions arrays are supported on only of mutable types; arrays of chan and strings are not currently supported. See the following table for details:

UPPAAL TypeC TypeBy ValueReturnArray
chanconst char
stringconst char

If a bounded integer ranges is violated, either when values are sent by reference or returned it will cause a runtime error.

Defining External Library

You can create a external library using either C or C++, by compiling it to a shared library.

The following C++ code defines a library with the same methods as used in the example above.

int number = 42;

extern "C" int get_a_number() 
  return number;

extern "C" set_a_number(int n)
  number = n

extern "C" bool is_the_wold_safe();
    return true;

To compile a create a shared object file:

g++ -std=c++17 -fPIC -c -o externallib.o externallib.cpp
gcc -shared -o externallib.so externallib.o 

For an advanced example see https://github.com/UPPAALModelChecker/uppaal-libs .