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ConfigurationDesk

Configuration and implementation software for dSPACE SCALEXIO hardware

ConfigurationDesk is an intuitive, graphical configuration and implementation tool, ideal for handling large HIL real-time applications based on SCALEXIO hardware, and for implementing behavior models and I/O function code on SCALEXIO hardware. ConfigurationDesk provides a clearly arranged overview of the external devices (e.g., ECUs), configured SCALEXIO channels, and the connected behavior models. 

  • New with ConfigurationDesk 6.0

    ConfigurationDesk 6.0 provides task-specific view sets:

    • Project – for managing projects
    • Model-Function – for configuring I/O functions in model structure
    • Signal Chain – for working with complete signal chains
    • Buses – for bus configuration
    • Tasks – for tasks configuration
    • Multiple Models – for managing multiple models/processing unit applications
    • Builds – for controlling the build process

  • Support of Simulink Implementation Containers

    ConfigurationDesk supports two approaches for working with Simulink models. Besides the direct import of MDL files, now Simulink implementation containers (SICs) can be generated. SICs contain the model C code and other artefacts, such as precompiled libraries and a model interface description.

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  • Support for Functional Mock-up Units

    ConfigurationDesk supports the open Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard. This enables the users to use different modeling approaches (e.g., based on physical modeling with Modelica) by using Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs). In HIL projects, FMUs can be integrated together with Simulink® models.

    The user workflow for importing and connecting FMUs to other model interfaces and to I/O is identical to the workflow for Simulink® models.

  • ConfigurationDesk for Virtual Validation

    Product demonstration of how to integrate virtual ECUs on the HIL simulation system SCALEXIO® by using ConfigurationDesk.

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  • Example Workflow for FMI

    Product demonstration of how to integrate Functional Mock-up Units into an existing model by using ConfigurationDesk.

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Application Areas

ConfigurationDesk is an intuitive, graphical configuration and implementation tool for SCALEXIO hardware. With this software, you can connect your behavior models from MATLAB®/Simulink®/Simulink Coder™ to I/O functions, for example, configure the SCALEXIO hardware, and control the whole process for generation the real-time code. You can optionally define and document external devices such as ECUs and loads, including their signal properties (descriptions, electrical properties, failure simulation settings, and load settings). ConfigurationDesk offers different views on the configured system. It is possible to display the signal path between the ECU pins/load pins and the behavior model. In other views, you can directly add the I/O functionality to the model hierarchy and propagate interface changes to the connected MATLAB® Simulink® model.

Key Benefits

With ConfigurationDesk, you can easily implement the behavior model code and the I/O function code from ConfigurationDesk on the dSPACE SCALEXIO hardware. The entire build process for a real-time application is handled by ConfigurationDesk. Besides being able to interactively work with MATLAB Simulink models, you can import previously generated C code from different modeling tools, such as code from the Simulink Coder via Simulink Implementation Containers (SICs) or code from other modeling tools via Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs). Comprehensive documentation options and graphical displays give you great project transparency. You can assemble and configure the project-specific hardware offline as a virtual system, in other words, as a purely software-based configuration. A real-time application can be executed for test runs even if parts of the necessary and configured I/O hardware are not physically available. In addition, there are options to generate a Microsoft® Excel® file with information on the wiring harness and on external devices.  

Working with ConfigurationDesk (Example)

The new ConfigurationDesk navigation bar offers task-specific view sets that are optimized for the chosen workflow. Each view displays only the functions required for the respective task. If needed, you can switch between the views while working. Besides being able to interactively work with MATLAB Simulink models, you can import already generated C code via Simulink Implementation Containers (SICs) or code from other modeling tools via Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs).

Support of Simulink Implementation Containers

  • SICs are ZIP containers that include the C code and other artifacts, such as precompiled libraries and a model interface description. Once the SICs are generated, they can be reused in different projects, without having to generate the C code again, thus saving time.
  • Support of Functional Mock-up Units
  • The use of FMUs enables users to use different modeling approaches, for example, based on physical modeling with Modelica. In ConfigurationDesk, FMUs can be integrated together with Simulink® models. The user workflow for importing and connecting FMUs to other model interfaces and to I/O is identical to the workflow for SICs.

The ConfigurationDesk version 6.0 offers optimized view sets for two different working methods:

  • The Model-Function page is optimized for Simulink-oriented work with projects for which the Simulink model interface still has to be adapted or changed.
  • The Signal Chain page is optimized for container-oriented work with projects for which the model interfaces are already fixed.

Convenient Model Exchange

To make exchanging simulation models easy, dSPACE offers a Model Interface Package for Simulink® (MIPS) for generating Simulink implementation container (SIC) files.

With the free-of-charge MIPS, modeling experts can generate the (C code) SIC file with Simulink Coder, without needing a VEOS or ConfigurationDesk license. Out of their Simulink models and together with dSPACE Run-Time Target, they can generate code and create ZIP files that contain all the necessary code and artifacts for executing the models on different simulation platforms, such as VEOS and SCALEXIO.

Model integrators using SIC files do not have to generate code again for building the simulation. Using SICs therefore significantly reduces the amount of time needed for reusing the SICs in different projects.

Functionality Description
General
  • Graphical configuration of real-time applications
  • Decoupling of I/O configuration and behavior model
  • Integration of models from various tools
Simulink support
  • Generate a ConfigurationDesk project directly from the Simulink model
  • Switch from Simulink to ConfigurationDesk and vice versa
  • Changes to the interfaces made with ConfigurationDesk can be propagated to the respective Simulink model • Start the overall build process from the Simulink model
FMI support
  • Support of the open Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard
  • Profit from different modeling approaches (e.g., based on physical modeling with Modelica) by using Functional Mock-up Units (FMUs)
  • Integrate FMUs together with Simulink® models.
I/O configuration and documentation I/O configuration for connecting behavior models to dSPACE SCALEXIO hardware:
  • External device topologies (properties of ECU pins and load pins)
  • Device port mapping (connections between the ECU/load pins and the signal ports of an I/O function)
  • I/O functions (define and configure the functionality of the assigned SCALEXIO hardware)
  • Model port mapping (connections between function ports and model ports)
  • Model topology (model ports used for the ConfigurationDesk application)
  • Hardware resource assignment (mapping of I/O functions to hardware resources)
  • Hardware topology (hardware resources used by I/O functions)
Documentation options
  • External device topologies (properties of ECU pins/load pins)
  • Model topology (describes the interface to the behavior model)
  • Hardware topology (describes the simulator hardware: boards, internal wiring, internal loads, board locations, etc.)
  • Microsoft® Excel® file with pin information for external wiring harnesses
Real-time code generation
  • Complete build process for I/O functions (ConfigurationDesk) and the behavior model (e.g., MATLAB®/Simulink®/Simulink Coder)
Bus simulation
  • Import of bus configurations as bus configuration containers generated by the dSPACE Bus Manager
  • CAN and LIN signals can be configured either with the Bus Manager or with the RTI CAN MultiMessage Blockset and the RTI LIN MultiMessage Blockset. FlexRay nodes are configured with the dSPACE FlexRay Configuration Package.
  • Ethernet UDP/TCP ist supported by the SCALEXIO Ethernet Solution. Ethernet SOME/IP ist supported by the Ethernet Configuration Package.

Large, complex models can be distributed across multiple processing units and processor cores to ensure simulation runs in real-time. Two different workflows are possible for this.

  • The first is to use separate behavior models for each core and import them into ConfigurationDesk. The intermodel communication in this workflow is configured in ConfigurationDesk.
  • In the second workflow, there is one overall Simulink® model for the entire application, and a special Simulink block is used to specify which of the subsystems are to be computed together on one core. The overall model is then automatically split into separate model files. The intermodel communication in this workflow is transferred from Simulink® to ConfigurationDesk. One processor core executes one model. Several models are combined to processing-unit applications. These can be assigned to processing units in ConfigurationDesk, which automatically performs the core-to-model assignment within each unit.

For working with more than one model, ConfigurationDesk provides the Multiple Models view set. 

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