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The Designer’s Guide to VHDL, Third Edition by Peter Ashenden

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Chapter 19. Shared Variables and Protected Types

When we introduced variables in Chapter 2, we noted that they can only be declared in processes; hence only one process can access each variable. We have also seen variables declared in subprograms, in which case they are local to the invocation of the subprogram. The reason for these restrictions is to prevent indeterminate results arising from a number of processes accessing a variable in an indeterminate order during a simulation cycle. In some circumstances, however, it is desirable to allow a number of processes to share access to a variable. Either the fact of non-determinacy may be irrelevant, or the use of shared variables may allow a more concise and understandable model. In this chapter, ...

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