RPC over HDLC example project

The pw_hdlc module includes an example of bringing up a pw_rpc server that can be used to invoke RPCs. The example code is located at pw_hdlc/rpc_example. This section walks through invoking RPCs interactively and with a script using the RPC over HDLC example.

These instructions assume the STM32F429i Discovery board, but they work with any target with pw::sys_io implemented.

Getting started guide

1. Set up your board

Connect the board you’ll be communicating with. For the Discovery board, connect the mini USB port, and note which serial device it appears as (e.g. /dev/ttyACM0).

2. Build Pigweed

Activate the Pigweed environment and run the default build.

source activate.sh
gn gen out
ninja -C out

3. Flash the firmware image

After a successful build, the binary for the example will be located at out/<toolchain>/obj/pw_hdlc/rpc_example/bin/rpc_example.elf.

Flash this image to your board. If you are using the STM32F429i Discovery Board, you can flash the image with OpenOCD.

openocd -f targets/stm32f429i_disc1/py/stm32f429i_disc1_utils/openocd_stm32f4xx.cfg \
    -c "program out/stm32f429i_disc1_debug/obj/pw_hdlc/rpc_example/bin/rpc_example.elf"

4. Invoke RPCs from in an interactive console

The RPC console uses IPython to make a rich interactive console for working with pw_rpc. Run the RPC console with the following command, replacing /dev/ttyACM0 with the correct serial device for your board.

$ python -m pw_hdlc.rpc_console --device /dev/ttyACM0

Console for interacting with pw_rpc over HDLC.

To start the console, provide a serial port as the --device argument and paths
or globs for .proto files that define the RPC services to support:

  python -m pw_hdlc.rpc_console --device /dev/ttyUSB0 sample.proto

This starts an IPython console for communicating with the connected device. A
few variables are predefined in the interactive console. These include:

    rpcs   - used to invoke RPCs
    device - the serial device used for communication
    client - the pw_rpc.Client

An example echo RPC command:


In [1]:

RPCs may be accessed through the predefined rpcs variable. RPCs are organized by their protocol buffer package and RPC service, as defined in a .proto file. To call the Echo method is part of the EchoService, which is in the pw.rpc package. To invoke it synchronously, call rpcs.pw.rpc.EchoService.Echo:

In [1]: rpcs.pw.rpc.EchoService.Echo(msg="Your message here!")
Out[1]: (<Status.OK: 0>, msg: "Your message here!")

5. Invoke RPCs with a script

RPCs may also be invoked from Python scripts. Close the RPC console if it is running, and execute the example script. Set the –device argument to the serial port for your device.

$ pw_hdlc/rpc_example/example_script.py --device /dev/ttyACM0
The status was Status.OK
The payload was msg: "Hello"

The device says: Goodbye!

Local RPC example project

This example is similar to the above example, except it use socket to connect server and client running on the host.

1. Build Pigweed

Activate the Pigweed environment and build the code.

source activate.sh
gn gen out
pw watch

2. Start client side and server side

Run pw_rpc client (i.e. use echo.proto)

python -m pw_hdlc.rpc_console path/to/echo.proto -s localhost:33000

Run pw_rpc server


Then you can invoke RPCs from the interactive console on the client side.