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SX: Portable base library for C/C++ programs and games

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SX is a minimal and performant base C library, runs on different platforms and OSes. Designed to help C developers (and C++ programmers who doesn't like to use "modernized" and templated C++ libs like stl and boost) with their multiplatform programs and games.

Inspired by the works of Sean Barret, Branimir Karadric, Andre Weissflog, Mathias Gustavsson, r-lyeh, ocornut and of course the machinery, I decided to make my own C base library for future projects. I also used and "borrowed" some of their code for SX.

  • The API is simple and portable across many other languages
  • Heap memory is under control: Almost every entity that allocates from heap requires allocator object and stdc's malloc and free are not used anywhere else.
  • Runs on multiple platforms
  • Performant. Uses fast algorithms and implementations (some assembly) with plain C-structs and functions. And unlike libraries like stl, performance is not much different in debug builds.
  • Fast compile time: It takes about 1 sec to build the lib (it's about 15kloc with 3rdparty sources) on my windows machine and vc14 (cl.exe) compiler. (i7-2nd gen CPU + ninja build). Also headers include minimal headers and system libs for faster compile times in programs that use them.

This library currently contains these functionalities (listed by header files):

  • allocator.h: basic memory allocation functions and default heap/leak_check allocators.
  • array.h: stretchy_buffer implementation
  • atomic.h: Set of portable atomic types and functions like CAS/Exchange/Incr/etc. plus a minimal spinlock implementation.
  • cmdline.h: wrapper over getopt - getopt command line parser
  • fiber.h: Portable fibers and coroutines, Assembly backend implementation taken from de-boostified project deboost.context
    • Includes low-level functions for fibers (deboostified boost.context)
    • Higher level coroutines (fiber-pool with streamlined coroutine update) that emulates a smiliar behaviour to unity's coroutines
  • jobs.h: Fiber based task scheduler. Proof of concept for Christian Gyrling 2015 GDC Talk
    • Very fast low-level (assembly cpu state switch) fibers
    • Wait on job dependencies without task chains or context switches
    • Fixed thread pool
    • Job priority support
    • Overriadable thread init and shutdown. To initialize your own stuff on each thread
    • Support for tags: each worker thread can be tagged to handle specific class of jobs
  • handle.h: Handle pool. sparse/dense handle allocator to address array items with handles instead of pointers. With generation counters for validating dead handles.
  • hash.h: Some nice hash functions (xxhash/crc32/fnv1a) and a fast fibonacci multiplicative hash-table
  • ini.h: INI file encoder/decoder. wrapper over ini.h
  • io.h: Read and write to/from memory and file streams
  • lin-alloc.h: Generic linear allocator
  • platform.h: Platform and compiler detection macros, taken from bx
  • pool.h: Self-contained pool allocator
  • rng.h: Random number generators. Currently only implementation is PCG.
  • stack-alloc.h: Generic linear stack based allocator
  • string.h: Useful C-style string functions including Sean barret's stb_printf implementation. Plus string pool implementation from mattias
  • threads.h: Portable threading primitives:
    • Thread
    • Tls (Thread local storage)
    • Mutex
    • Semaphore
    • Signal
    • Self-contained single-producer-single-consumer lockless queue
  • timer.h: Portable high-res timer, wrapper over sokol_time
  • virtual-alloc.h: Portable virtual memory allocator and low-level portable virtual memory management functions
  • math.h:
    • Standard floating-point
    • Vector (2,3,4)
    • Matrix (3x3, 4x4)
    • Quaternion
    • Easing functions
    • AABB
    • Color (RGBA 4 unsigned bytes)
  • os.h: Common portable OS related routines
    • Basic system information like available memory and cpu cores count
    • Shared library management
    • Basic file operations
    • Path manipulation functions (c-string)
  • bheap.h: Binary heap implementation
  • tlsf-alloc.h: Tlsf (Two-Level Segregated Fit memory) memory allocator. Wrapper over Mathew Conte's implementation
  • simd.h: portable 128bit simd math intrinsics. currently there are two implementations: reference and SSE. ARM Neon will be added soon.
  • ringbuffer.h: Basic ring-buffer (circular buffer)

Build

Current supported platforms

  • Windows: Tested on vs2015-cl (cpp) and vs2015-clang_c2 (c11) - x86_64
  • Linux: Tested on ubuntu, gcc 4.8.4
  • OSX: Tested on x86_64 Darwin 17.4.0 - LLVM version 9.1.0 (clang-902.0.39.1)
  • Android: Test with ndk v17.1.4828580
  • Emscripten: Tested on v1.38.8 - currently with some restrictions. see below
  • RaspberryPI: Tested on RaspberryPI (model B) - Ubuntu jessie. use -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=cmake/rpi.cmake

CMake options

These are general options for cmake, where you can trim or customize the build:

  • SX_BUILD_TESTS (Default=1): Set SX_BUILD_TESTS=0 to skip building test applications
  • SX_SHARED_LIB (Default=0): Builds shared library (.dll/.so/.dylib) instead of static

These are also the macros that you can override in config.h or add them to compile definitions:

  • SX_DEBUG (Default=0): Forces debug compilation, defaults to 1 if _DEBUG (debug build) is set
  • SX_CONFIG_DEBUG_ALLOCATOR (Default=0): Allocations include debug information like filename and line numbers
  • SX_CONFIG_ALLOCATOR_NATURAL_ALIGNMENT (Default=8): All memory allocators aligns pointers to this value if 'align' parameter in alloc functions is less than natural alignment
  • SX_CONFIG_HASHTBL_DEBUG (Default=0): Inserts code for hash-table debugging, used only for efficiency tests, see hash.h
  • SX_CONFIG_STDMATH (Default=1): Uses stdc's math library (libm) for basic math functions. Set this to 0 if you want the library use it's own base math functions and drop libm dependency.
  • SX_CONFIG_SIMD_DISABLE (Default=0): Disables platform-specific simd functions and forces them to use fpu reference functions instead.
  • sx_out_of_memory: What should the program do if some internal memory allocations fail. see allocator.h for default implementation
  • sx_data_truncate: What should the program do if IO operations get truncated and goes out of bound. see io.h for default implementation
  • sx_assert: Assert replacement, default is clib's assert
  • sx_memset: Memory set replacement, default is clib's memset
  • sx_memcpy: Memory copy replacement, default is clib's memcpy
  • sx_memcmp: Memory compare replacement, default is clib's memcmp
  • sx_memmove: Memory move replacement, default is clib's memmove

Windows

Some C feautures on MSVC's C-compiler is missing, the code can be compiled as cpp also (/TP). It's also compatible with MSVC + clang_c2 toolset which in that case you have to add the -T v140_clang_c2 switch to cmake command (vs2015)

Emscripten

It can be built on emscripten (using the Emscripten.cmake toolchain) with some limitations:

  • threads.h: support is not yet implemented, blocking primitives like signals and semaphores doesn't seem to work on this platform. Support maybe added in future.
  • fibers.h: Emscripten doesn't seem to support boost's assembly fibers which I'm currently using, however it is possible to implement async functions using emscripten API, which I'll try to implement in the future.
  • virtual-alloc.h: Virtual memory allocation functions does not seem to be working, it works like normal malloc, where reserving just pre-allocates all required memory

License (BSD 2-clause)

Copyright 2018 Sepehr Taghdisian. All rights reserved.

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