voxl-tflite-server forward compatibility ?

  • @Matt-Turi
    still working on the custom voxl-tflite-server. Is it possible to use voxl-tflite-server with modern c++ ?. I wanna integrate my own libraries in voxl-tflite-server but they are written in CXX-17. I tried to compile my third party librarys, with the given voxl-cross compilers but that didn't really work out. I also tried building tflite-server with voxl-cross native compilers, but that throwed errors about skipping tensorflow lite librarys because they are incompatible. Do you have any suggestion what i could do to get both working together on voxl?

  • Hey @Philemon-Benner,

    The gcc compiler version on voxl is 4.9 and there is no straightforward way to upgrade. In order to integrate the tflite-server with some other libraries, they would have to be generated with the same compiler, i.e. built in voxl-cross. This is why we have a collection of third party libs here, as well as why we are limited to using tensorflow v2.2.3.

    If migrating the libraries you are using to a supported c++ version is too difficult, you could use a docker image on target with the extra support you need. This would require rebuilding and running the tflite-server within the docker, but would allow use of modern c++.

  • Thank you

  • @Matt-Turi Ok so i got my third party librarys installed with the 865 Compiler given in voxl-cross, but i am getting an error when trying to run it on the voxl:

    Process: /usr/lib64/libstdc++.so.6: version `CXXABI_1.3.11' not found (required by Process)

    i looked that up and about what i found out is that the compiler version is too old for it, i don't really know what CXXABI_1.3.11 is but the voxl only has CXXABI_1.3.10. Is the 865 toolchain for something else? And where are the differences in 820 and 865?

  • Hey @Philemon-Benner,

    The toolchain you used is a gcc-7 compiler that is included in voxl-cross is for our qrb5165 based platforms, and is a bit ahead of what is on voxl. You would need to use the gcc-4.9 toolchain, i.e. aarch64-gnu-4.9.toolchain.cmake to fix the c++ issues you are seeing.

  • @Matt-Turi Okey but that's weird to me because in qrb5165-emulator you have a gcc-7 compiler. Libs like libuvc from voxl-uvc-server are being built with it. There i had no issues including that to the tflite-server and running it on the voxl.

  • libuvc for voxl is built in voxl-emulator, not the qrb5165 emulator. If you check out the readme on the dev branch, you can see the separate build instructions for separate platforms.

  • @Matt-Turi Ok yeah i see. I don't even know why i went to qrb emulator but when building the libuvc library from source in qrb emulator, it still worked for me. I have a running version of it on the Voxl, should that even be possible if it's just made for qrb5165 devices?

  • Ah I see. libuvc is a c library, so the code is backwards compatible with gcc-4.9 and can be compiled with the newer gcc. The libs you are trying to compile are c++, so they are affected by the differences between compiler versions.

  • @Matt-Turi Ok good to know.

  • @Matt-Turi btw why is voxl-emulator architecture armv7l if we have aarch64 on actual voxl? Will this be a problem when compiling in emulator?

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  • Dev Team

    @Philemon-Benner Voxl is 64 bit and the OS is 64 bit. However, Qualcomm provides many of their packages for the device as 32 bit and, consequently, anything that has a dependency on these packages must also be 32 bit. That is why you can build 64 bit applications and have them run successfully on Voxl. It just means that that application had no 32 bit dependencies.

  • Okey thanks for explaining

  • @Matt-Turi
    I know it's not really related to the voxl but if include directorys in cmake like that:


    the compiler should find the packages located in there or?

    [100%] Linking CXX executable Process
    /usr/lib/gcc-cross/aarch64-linux-gnu/7/../../../../aarch64-linux-gnu/bin/ld: cannot find -lDiscovery-cpp
    /usr/lib/gcc-cross/aarch64-linux-gnu/7/../../../../aarch64-linux-gnu/bin/ld: cannot find -lEventstreamRpc-cpp

    but the linked library is located there:

    voxl-cross:~(master)$ ls /home/root/third_party/AWS/wrkspace/lib | grep Discovery-cpp

  • Dev Team

    Not totally sure what you're asking, but try looking into target_link_libraries in the cmake documentation

  • @Matt-Turi Ok so i got it working with CXX17, it's working in voxl-emulator:

    voxl-emulator:~$ file program
    voxl-mission-logic: ELF 64-bit LSB executable, ARM aarch64, version 1 (GNU/Linux), statically linked, BuildID[sha1]=somekey , for GNU/Linux 5.4.0, not stripped
    voxl-emulator:~$ ./program --arg someArg
    [2022-03-22 12:23:14.804] [info] someText
    [2022-03-22 12:23:14.807] [info] someText
    [2022-03-22 12:23:15.279] [info] someText

    But on actual voxl it's not working:

    voxl:/data$ ./program --arg someArg
    FATAL: kernel too old

    Kernel Versions in voxl-emulator and voxl_platform_3-3-0-0.5.0-a system image are actually different:
    emulator kernel version: 5.13.0-35-generic
    voxl kernel version: 3.18.71-perf
    Shouldn't voxl emulator have the same kernel version as the voxl?
    in the docs it says:

    • voxl-emulator simulates the VOXL system image and is built alongside the base system image

  • Upgrading to newest system image didn't work either

  • Dev Team

    @Philemon-Benner voxl-emulator is a Docker image, not a complete Virtual Machine, so it uses the same kernel as the machine you run it on.

  • @Eric-Katzfey Ok thanks for the fast answer.

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