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The Event class in SST is the base class for all simulation Events that get passed over Links. Libraries are expected to implement their own event types that derive from the SST::Event class. The base class provides some common functions for all events.


Events that are sent on regular (non-self) links must be serializable so that the Core can serialize as needed in parallel simulations. To that end, events must either use the macro ImplementSerializable(FULLY::QUALIFIED::CLASS::NAME) and define the serialize_order function for the class, or must use the macro NotSerializable(CLASS_NAME). Virtual classes may use the ImplementVirtualSerializable(FULLY::QUALIFIED::CLASS_NAME) macro as well.

Event IDs

Events can optionally ask to be assigned a globally unique ID. The id is defined by typedef std::pair<uint64_t, int> id_type, where the second field is the rank that the creating component resides on, and the first field is an unsigned integer that is unique among all events created by all components on the same rank.

Event Handlers

Links can optionally register a callback function which is an event handler. The handler pass in an SST Event and returns void. Like other handlers in SST, the handler can also be created with an optional data field.

Example event class

This example is derived from sst-elements/src/sst/elements/simpleElementExample/basicEvent.h

#include <sst/core/event.h>

namespace SST {
namespace simpleElementExample {

// Example event that include a vector<char> payload
// and a boolean value called 'last'
class basicEvent : public SST::Event
// Constructor
// Serializable events need a default constructor
basicEvent() : SST::Event(), last(false) { }

// Example data members
std::vector<char> payload;
bool last;

// Events must provide a serialization function that serializes
// all data members of the event
void serialize_order(SST::Core::Serialization::serializer &ser) override {
ser & payload;
ser & last;

// Register this event as serializable

} // namespace simpleElementExample
} // namespace SST

#include <sst/core/event.h>