The HIL engine is a Java standard-based engine that runs Mocks. A Mock is a jar file containing some Java classes that simulate natives for the Simulator. Mocks allow applications to be run unchanged in the Simulator while still (apparently) interacting with native code.

Functional Description

As with [SNI], HIL is responsible for finding the method to execute as a replacement for the native Java method that the MicroEJ Simulator tries to run. Following the [SNI] philosophy, the matching algorithm uses a naming convention. When a native method is called in the MicroEJ Simulator, it requests that the HIL engine execute it. The corresponding Mock executes the method and provides the result back to the MicroEJ Simulator.

The MicroEJ Simulator Executes a Native Java Method ``foo()``.

The MicroEJ Simulator Executes a Native Java Method foo().


package example;


 * Abstract class providing a native method to access sensor value.
 * This method will be executed out of virtual machine.
public abstract class Sensor {

    public static final int ERROR = -1;

    public int getValue() throws IOException {
        int sensorID = getSensorID();
        int value = getSensorValue(sensorID);
        if (value == ERROR) {
            throw new IOException("Unsupported sensor");
        return value;

    protected abstract int getSensorID();

    public static native int getSensorValue(int sensorID);

class Potentiometer extends Sensor {

    protected int getSensorID() {
        return Constants.POTENTIOMETER_ID; // POTENTIOMETER_ID is a static final

To implement the native method getSensorValue(int sensorID), you need to create a MicroEJ standard project containing the same Sensor class on the same example package. To do so, open the Eclipse menu File > New > Project... > Java > Java Project in order to create a MicroEJ standard project.

The following code is the required Sensor class of the created Mock project:

package example;

import java.util.Random;

 * Java standard class included in a Mock jar file.
 * It implements the native method using a Java method.
public class Sensor {

     * Constants
    private static final int SENSOR_ERROR = -1;
    private static final int POTENTIOMETER_ID = 3;

    private static final Random RANDOM = new Random();

     * Implementation of native method "getSensorValue()"
     * @param sensorID Sensor ID
     * @return Simulated sensor value
    public static int getSensorValue(int sensorID) {
        if( sensorID == POTENTIOMETER_ID ) {
            // For the simulation, Mock returns a random value
            return RANDOM.nextInt();
        return SENSOR_ERROR;



The visibility of the native method implemented in the mock must be public regardless of the visibility of the native method in the application. Otherwise the following exception is raised: java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: No such method in remote class.

Mocks Design Support


The MicroEJ Simulator interface is defined by static methods on the Java class com.is2t.hil.NativeInterface.

Array Type Arguments

Both [SNI] and HIL allow arguments that are arrays of base types. By default the contents of an array are NOT sent over to the Mock. An “empty copy” is sent by the HIL engine, and the contents of the array must be explicitly fetched by the Mock. The array within the Mock can be modified using a regular assignment. Then to apply these changes in the MicroEJ Simulator, the modifications must be flushed back. There are two methods provided to support fetch and flush between the MicroEJ Simulator and the HIL:

  • refreshContent: initializes the array argument from the contents of its MicroEJ Simulator counterpart.
  • flushContent: propagates (to the MicroEJ Simulator) the contents of the array that is used within the HIL engine.
An Array and Its Counterpart in the HIL Engine.

An Array and Its Counterpart in the HIL Engine.

Below is a typical usage.

public static void foo(char[] chars, int offset, int length){
        NativeInterface ni = HIL.getInstance();
        //inside the Mock
        ni.refreshContent(chars, offset, length);
        chars[offset] = 'A';
        ni.flushContent(chars, offset, 1);

Blocking Native Methods

Some native methods block until an event has arrived [SNI]. Such behavior is implemented in native using the following three functions:

  • int32_t SNI_suspendCurrentJavaThread(int64_t timeout)
  • int32_t SNI_getCurrentJavaThreadID(void)
  • int32_t SNI_resumeJavaThread(int32_t id)

This behavior is implemented in a Mock using the following methods on a lock object:

  • Object.wait(long timeout): Causes the current thread to wait until another thread invokes the notify() method or the notifyAll() method for this object.
  • Object.notifyAll(): Wakes up all the threads that are waiting on this object’s monitor.
public static byte[] data = new byte[BUFFER_SIZE];
public static int dataLength = 0;
private static Object lock = new Object();

//Mock native method
public static void waitForData(){
      //inside the Mock
      //wait until the data is received
      synchronized (lock) {
            while(dataLength == 0) {
                  try {
                        lock.wait(); // equivalent to lock.wait(0)
                  } catch (InterruptedException e) {
                        // Use the error code specific to your library
                        throw new NativeException(-1, "InterruptedException", e);

//Mock data reader thread
public static void notifyDataReception() {
      synchronized (lock) {
            dataLength = readFromInputStream(data);

Resource Management

In Java, every class can play the role of a small read-only file system root: The stored files are called “Java resources” and are accessible using a path as a String.

The MicroEJ Simulator interface allows the retrieval of any resource from the original Java world, using the getResourceContent method.

public static void bar(byte[] path, int offset, int length) {
      NativeInterface ni = HIL.getInstance();
      ni.refreshContent(path, offset, length);
      String pathStr = new String(path, offset, length);
      byte[] data = ni.getResourceContent(pathStr);

Synchronous Terminations

To terminate the whole simulation (MicroEJ Simulator and HIL), use the stop() method.

public static void windowClosed() {


The HIL Engine API is automatically provided by the microej-mock project skeleton.


First create a new module project using the microej-mock skeleton.

Mock Project Structure

Once implemented, right-click on the repository project and select Build Module.

Once the module is built, the mock can be installed in a Platform in one of the two ways:

  • by adding the mock module as a regular Platform module dependency (if your Platform configuration project contains a module.ivy file),
  • or by manually copying the JAR file [mock_project]\target~\rip\mocks\[mock_name].jar to the Platform configuration mock dropins folder dropins/mocks/dropins/.


Once installed, a Mock is used automatically by the Simulator when the MicroEJ Application calls a native method which is implemented into the Mock.