Extended Type Name Generation

The SystemRDL 2.0 spec goes at great lengths to describe how component type names are uniquified when parameters get overridden ( Unfortunately the spec falls short when it comes to accounting for dynamic property assignments.

Dynamic property assignments (DPAs) have the capacity to override a component instance’s internal definition, and therefore break the ability for a user to distinguish type equivalence based on the type name alone.

Consider the following example:

field my_field {
    sw = rw;
    hw = rw;

my_field A;
my_field B;

B->rclr = true;

Fields A and B are no longer equivalent types, yet they still have the same type name!

Proposal is to extend the semantics described in to also include situations where a DPA changes a type’s definition.

In the above example, the DPA would alter the type name of field B from my_field to my_field_rclr_t.


The semantics described in for parameter overrides remain as-is, however additional text to the type name may be appended to account for any dynamic property assignments.

  • If the instance was not augmented by any dynamic property assignments, then no additional changes are made to the generated type name. Specifically:

    • The instance’s property values were all assigned using local property assignments. (no DPAs)

    • No descendant instances were augmented by a dynamic property assignment originating from outside the current instance’s definition.

Otherwise, the generated type name shall be extended as follows:


… where <type_name>, <param_name>, and <normalized_value> are part of the original semantics from

DPAs “through” the instance

If a dynamic property assignment “reached through” the current instance and overrode a descendant’s property, append:


… where:

  • <child_inst_name> represents the instance name of the immediate child of the current instance that was augmented by the DPA.

  • <normalized_child_type_name> is rendered by using the fully-resolved generated type name of the child instance, and hashing the same way string types are normalized in

  • If multiple child instances were affected, append the above sequence in alphabetical order.

DPAs to the instance’s properties

If an instance’s property value was overridden by a dynamic property assignment, append:

_<prop name>_<normalized_value>
  • Derive the normalized value the same rules as defined in, as well as the extended rules in the following section.

  • If multiple properties were assigned, append the above sequence in alphabetical order.

Additional type normalization semantics

The types encountered in in dynamic property assignments go beyond what is described in This section defines additional normalization rules for these types.

Instance reference

An instance reference is normalized by deriving the relative hierarchical path from the current instance to the referenced instance. The normalized value is the first eight characters of the md5 of the path.

Hierarchy separators shall use ., and parent references use ^.

For example, the hierarchical path from component foo.bar.baz to foo.abc.def is represented by the string ^.^.abc.def

The resulting 8-characters of md5 are: b0698608

Property reference

Property references (ref targets) are normalized the same as instance references, except the property reference is included in the path prior to the md5 operation. There shall be no spaces between the property reference operator.

For example, a property reference from component foo.bar.baz to the property foo.abc.def->anded is represented by the string ^.^.abc.def->anded.

The resulting 8-characters of md5 are: 429a9577

Enum type references

Enum type references shall be rendered using their enumeration type name.


reg my_reg {
    field my_field {
        sw = rw;
        hw = rw;

    my_field f1;
    my_field f2;

my_reg r0;

my_reg r1;

my_reg r2;
r2.f1->next = r0.f1;

The type names for each instance in this example are generated as follows:

  • r0.f1 = “my_field”

  • r0.f2 = “my_field_rclr_t”

  • r0 = “my_reg”

  • r1.f1 = “my_field_rclr_t”

  • r1.f2 = “my_field_rclr_t”

  • r1 = “my_reg_f1_4e12afb6”

  • r2.f1 = “my_field_next_c9e1f96f”

  • r2.f2 = “my_field_rclr_t”

  • r2 = “my_reg_f1_e0f883f9”