Notification Functions

Microvisor Public Beta

Microvisor is in a pre-release phase and the information contained in this document is subject to change. Some features referenced below may not be fully available until Microvisor’s General Availability (GA) release.

Microvisor system calls include the following functions to manage notifications:

Return values and errors

All of the functions described below return a 32-bit integer that is one of the values from the standard Microvisor enumeration MvStatus. All possible error values for a given system call are provided with each function’s description.

Success is always signaled by a return value of zero (MV_STATUS_OKAY).


Instantiate a notification dispatch center


extern enum MvStatus mvSetupNotifications(const struct MvNotificationSetup *setup,
                                          MvNotificationHandle *handle);


Parameter Description
setup A pointer to non-secure memory in which notification setup data is stored by the application
handle A pointer to non-secure memory into which the notification center handle will be written by Microvisor

Possible errors

Error Value Description
MV_STATUS_PARAMETERFAULT params or handle does not reference memory accessible to the application
MV_STATUS_TOOMANYNOTIFICATIONBUFFERS Microvisor cannot create the necessary notification center because the maximum has already been reached
MV_STATUS_INVALIDBUFFERSIZE The buffer size specified in setup is not a multiple of 16 bytes, or at least 32 bytes in size
MV_STATUS_BUFFERALREADYINUSE The specified buffer is already being used by another notification center
MV_STATUS_INVALIDINTERRUPT The IRQ specified in setup (see below) is not available to the application


You configure the notification center by providing a pointer to a NotificationSetup structure:

struct MvNotificationSetup {
  uint32_t irq;
  struct MvNotification *buffer;
  uint32_t buffer_size;

These properties are:

  • irq — The number of the non-secure interrupt line that will be triggered to signal that a new notification has been posted. The call to mvSetupNotifications() will return an error if this value indicates a secure interrupt, or has already been assigned to a notification center.
  • buffer — A pointer to a previously allocated buffer. It must be 8-byte aligned.
  • buffer_size — The size of the center’s buffer in bytes. It must be at least 32 bytes and a multiple of 16 bytes.


// Central store for Microvisor resource handles used in this code.
struct {
  MvNotificationHandle notification;
  MvNetworkHandle      network;
  MvChannelHandle      channel;
} http_handles = { 0, 0, 0 };

// Store for HTTP notification records.
// Holds four records at a time -- each record is 16 bytes.
volatile struct MvNotification http_notification_center[4] __attribute__((aligned(8)));

// Clear the notification store
memset((void *)http_notification_center, 0xFF, sizeof(http_notification_center));

// Configure a notification center for network-centric notifications
static struct MvNotificationSetup http_notification_setup = {
        .irq = TIM8_BRK_IRQn,
        .buffer = (struct MvNotification *)http_notification_center,
        .buffer_size = sizeof(http_notification_center)

// Ask Microvisor to establish the notification center
// and confirm that it has accepted the request
enum MvStatus status = mvSetupNotifications(&http_notification_setup, &http_handles.notification);
assert((status == MV_STATUS_OKAY) && "[ERROR] Could not set up HTTP channel NC");

// Start the notification IRQ
printf("[DEBUG] Notification center handle: %lu\n", (uint32_t)http_handles.notification);

For more details on Microvisor’s notifications mechanism, please see Microvisor Notifications.


Halt the dispatch of messages from a notification center


extern enum MvStatus mvCloseNotifications(MvNotificationHandle *handle);


Parameter Description
handle A pointer to non-secure memory in which the notification center handle is stored by the application

Possible errors

Error Value Description
MV_STATUS_PARAMETERFAULT handle does not reference memory accessible to the application
MV_STATUS_INVALIDHANDLE handle is invalid or identifies some other type of handle


To stop receiving notifications from a specific notification center, call mvCloseNotifications() and pass in a pointer to the memory in which the center’s handle is stored.

If the center is in use by other objects — for example, the same center is dispatching notifications from a network and a channel — calling mvCloseNotifications() will stop the delivery of notifications from all of its sources, and no error will be issued.

The center’s non-secure interrupt will not be pended by Microvisor when the center is closed. If the interrupt has already been pended, it will not be cleared. This is the job of the application.


This example uses variables defined in the example above.

// If we have a valid notification center handle, then ask Microvisor
// to tear down the center and confirm acceptance of the request.
if (http_handles.notification != 0) {
  status = mvCloseNotifications(&http_handles.notification);
  assert((status == MV_STATUS_OKAY) && "[ERROR] Could not close HTTP channel NC");