Can I access an external (const) array within generated C++ code without copying the contents into a local array?

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I have been generating code with massive constant arrays in the generated code using MATLAB coder code generation MATLAB to C++ code. I would like to define these arrays in an external header funtion instead of within the MATLAB code, a MATLAB class, or define it as a global variable. I would like to define it as a const int array in a external header function and then just access that array in generated code (avoiding generating the array every time a change to the MATLAB code is modified).
I know that I could use an external function to copy the array into a local array, however my goal is to avoid copying the elements. I would like to simply directly access the elements from a const int array within generated code by using
coder.target('RTW')
if coder.target('RTW')
coder.cinclude('header.h');
% x defined in header.h (const int x[5] = {1,2,3,4,5};)
else
x = [1,2,3,4,5];
end
Any insight?

Accepted Answer

Ryan Livingston
Ryan Livingston on 31 Mar 2020
Edited: Ryan Livingston on 31 Mar 2020
With Embedded Coder you can use the function coder.storageClass to pull in that array as an imported extern global variable:
function useImportedArray
global importedArray;
coder.storageClass('importedArray','ImportedExtern');
t = sum(importedArray(:));
fprintf('Sum = %g\n', t);
% Do codegen
cfg = coder.config('dll');
cfg.GenerateExampleMain = "GenerateCodeAndCompile";
codegen useImportedArray -config cfg -globals {'importedArray', [7,8,8]} arrayConstant.c
arrayConstant.c
const double importedArray[] = {1.0, 2.0, 3.0};
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