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= About Distributed Codec Engine =

DCE is a library to remotely invoke the hw accellerated codecs on IVA-HD via a syslink/rcm shim layer.  This provides access to the [ Codec Engine] codec interface on the coprocessor (ducati/M3) from the host.

It is similar in purpose to remote codec engine, although at the time RCE was not supported on OMAP4430, and DCE was a simple way to get the same result.  They should be roughly interchangeable from the user's perspective, with the caveat that the DCE user should use <code>dce_alloc()</code> and <code>dce_free()</code> to allocate/free the control structures that are passed by pointer to CE APIs.

DCE is used by:
* [ omapfbplay]
* [ gst-ducati]

If you are using DCE (for anything that can be revealed publicly) let me know and I'll add a link.

:Note: look in the README file for the latest version of this document, in particular for the required versions of various dependent components and tools, as these can change over time

A pre-built ducati appm3 image (''dce_app_m3.xem3'') is found in the firmware directory.  The ''Notify_MPUSYS_reroute_Test_Core0.xem3'' from syslink build should be used for sysm3 image.  The ''dce_app_m3.xem3'' replaces the official OpenMAX ''base_image_app_m3.xem3''.

= How To Build =

These instructions are assuming you are cross-compiling on a linux machine for ducati/M3 coprocessor side and natively building the linux/A9 host side (although the instructions for cross-compiling the host side are roughly the same).

The following gives an example of how to build.  I don't claim that it is the best or only way.  But these are the versions I am currently using:

* TMS470/ARM Code Generation Tools (CGT) - 4.6.1
* XDC tools -
* BIOS (the RTOS) -
* Codec Engine (CE) -
* Framework Component (FC) -
* HDVICP2 API and HDVICP2_CODECS - 1.00.000
* bios-syslink - commit-id [ 48e98007e21e311c126f89ff51616bf6d7067b9d]
* libdce

On linux side, the following versions are used:

* kernel ... 2.6.38 linaro kernel plus ???
** for now I am using: [ git:// ti-omap4-drm-syslink-v4l2 branch]
* syslink userspace:  syslink-2.0
* tiler/memmgr userspace: memmgr_2.0

== Building Ducati/M3 Side ==

=== Install TMS470/ARM Compiler ===

Install Code Generation Tools (CGT) from:


Install to ''$HOME/ducati/ti_cgt_tms470_<version>''

=== Install XDC tools ===

Download XDC tools from:


Install to ''$HOME/ducati/xdctools_<version>''

=== Install BIOS ===

Download BIOS (the RTOS) from:


Install to ''$HOME/ducati/bios_<version>''

=== Install Codec Engine ===

Download Codec Engine (CE) from:


The lite version is fine.  Install to ''$HOME/ducati/codec_engine_<version>''

=== Install Framework Components ===

Download Framework Components (FC) from:


The lite version without fctools is fine.  Install to ''$HOME/ducati/framework_components_<version>''

=== Install XDAIS ===

Download XDAIS from:


Untar to ''$HOME/ducati/xdais_<version>''

=== Install HDVICP2 library codecs ===

Install HDCICP2 plus desired codecs from:


Install to ''$HOME/ducati/'', and then untar each of the .tar files that were installed.

  cd $HOME/ducati
  for f in ivahd_*.tar; do
    untar xf $f

You should end up with:

* ''$HOME/ducati/ivahd_hdvicp20api_01_00_00_19_production''
* ''$HOME/ducati/ivahd_h264dec_01_00_00_00_production''
* ''$HOME/ducati/ivahd_mpeg2vdec_01_00_00_00_production''
* ''$HOME/ducati/ivahd_jpegvdec_01_00_00_00_production''

=== Setup Environment ===

Setup environment variables needed for the build steps:

 export TMS470_C_DIR="$HOME/ducati/ti_cgt_tms470_4_6_1/include;$HOME/ducati/ti_cgt_tms470_4_6_1/lib"
 export TMS470CGTOOLPATH="$HOME/ducati/ti_cgt_tms470_4_6_1"
 for f in $HOME/ducati/*/packages; do
 export XDCPATH="$XDCPATH$HOME/ducati/bios_6_31_03_25/packages"
 export XDCROOT="$HOME/ducati/xdctools_3_20_07_86"
 export XDCARGS="profile=release"

Note: if you are using different version numbers, the paths would have to be adjusted accordingly.

=== Build Syslink ===

Clone ''syslink'' tree in ''$HOME/ducati/bios-syslink''

 cd $HOME/ducati
 git clone git://
 cd bios-syslink/packages
 git checkout 48e98007e21e311c126f89ff51616bf6d7067b9d

At this point, since we are not building the DSP/c64 image, we can comment out a line in the build.cfg:

 diff --git a/packages/config.bld b/packages/config.bld
 index 01113a1..17e9862 100644
 --- a/packages/config.bld
 +++ b/packages/config.bld
 @@ -228,6 +228,5 @@ M3.platform = M3.platforms[0];
  //Uncomment the require targets
  Build.targets = [
 -                    C64T,

Now resume build:

 export XDCBUILDCFG="`pwd`/config.bld"
 $XDCROOT/xdc clean -PR ./ti
 $XDCROOT/xdc -PR ./ti/sdo ./ti/omap/uart/ ./ti/omap/mem/ ./ti/omap/platform/ ./ti/omap/slpm/ ./ti/omap/deh ./ti/omap/hdmiwa
 $XDCROOT/xdc -PR ./ti/omap/samples/notify

When the build succeeds, the ''sysm3 image'' will be in: ''ti/omap/samples/notify/ti_omap_platform_core0/release/Notify_MPUSYS_reroute_Test_Core0.xem3''.

Note: For now, instead of git://, we use the gitorious tree.  There are some kernel patches missing in ubuntu/linaro 2.6.38 kernel (for now) which are needed to use the latest official tree.  (Probably the missing patch is [,13113 this].)

Note: If you change ''syslink'', you need to rebuild ''libdce''. When you build syslink you build both the ''sysm3'' image, plus ''syslink'' libraries used by the ''appm3'' image.

=== Build DCE ===

Add the bios-syslink package into the already set ''XDCPATH'' variable

 export XDCPATH="$XDCPATH;$HOME/ducati/bios-syslink/packages"

Clone ''libdce'' tree in ''$HOME/ducati/libdce''

 cd $HOME/ducati
 git clone git://
 cd libdce
 export XDCBUILDCFG="`pwd`/ducati/build/config.bld"
 cd ducati/platform/base_image
 $XDCROOT/xdc -j4 -PD .

When the build succeeds, the ''appm3'' image will be in ''out/app_m3/release/dce_app_m3.xem3''.

Note: To reduce the size of the images, the debug symbols can be stripped:

 $TMS470CGTOOLPATH/bin/strip470 Notify_MPUSYS_reroute_Test_Core0.xem3 
 $TMS470CGTOOLPATH/bin/strip470 dce_app_m3.xem3

== Building Linux/A9 side: ==

Standard autotools build for cortex-a9 side userspace components.

* kernel: 2.6.38 linaro kernel
** .. patches ..
* tiler: 
** git://
** branch: memmgr_2.0
* syslink:
** git://
** branch: syslink-2.0

=== Build TILER userspace ===

 git clone git://
 cd tiler
 git checkout origin/memmgr_2.0
 ./configure --prefix=/usr
 make -j4
 sudo make install

=== Build Syslink userspace ===

Ignore the build instructions in syslink tree if you are building natively.  Too much to read..

 git clone git://
 cd syslink/syslink
 git checkout origin/syslink-2.0
 ./configure --prefix=/usr
 make -j4
 sudo make install

== Build DCE userspace ==

If building natively, clone ''libdce'' tree.  Otherwise, if cross-compiling, you can use the same copy you cloned on your PC when you built ''dce_app_m3.xem3''.

 cd libdce
 ./autogen --prefix=/usr
 make -j4
 sudo make install

= Useful Links =

*   -  the future..

= TODO =

* update instructions about syslink and TILER version dependencies.. and add instructions for building ducati image.
* migrate to syslink v3.0
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