MATLAB Examples

Design Data Interface by Configuring Inport and Outport Blocks

The data interface of a model is the means by which the model exchanges data (for example, signal values) with other, external models or systems. Customize the data interface of a model to:

  • Enable integration of the generated code with your own code.
  • Improve traceability and readability of the code.

At the top level of a model, Inport and Outport blocks represent the input and output signals of the model. To customize the data interface in the generated code, configure these blocks. Early in the design process, when a model can contain unconnected Inport and Outport blocks, use this technique to specify the interface before developing the internal algorithm.

When you apply storage classes to Inport and Outport blocks, each block appears in the generated code as a field of a global structure or as a separate global variable that the generated algorithm references directly. If you have Embedded Coder, you can use function prototype control instead of storage classes to pass data into and out of the model step function as formal parameters. See docid:ecoder_ug.bq2nw87-1.


Design Data Interface

Open the example model rtwdemo_basicsc.


Configure the model to show the generated names of blocks.


In the model, select View > Model Data.

In the Model Data Editor, select the Inports/Outports tab. Each row in the table represents an Inport or Outport block.

Name the output signal of the Outport block labeled Out1. Set Signal Name to output_sig.

For each of the Inport blocks, set Data Type to single or to a different data type. Due to the data type inheritance settings that the other blocks in the model use by default, downstream signals use the same or a similar data type.

Optionally, configure other design attributes such as Min and Max (minimum and maximum values).

Set the Change View drop-down list to Code.

For the Outport block and all of the Inport blocks, set Storage Class to ExportedGlobal. To configure all of the blocks at once, select all of the rows in the table.

To configure the blocks and signals, you can use these commands at the command prompt.

temp = Simulink.Signal;
temp.StorageClass = 'ExportedGlobal';

portHandles = get_param('rtwdemo_basicsc/In1','portHandles');
outPortHandle = portHandles.Outport;

portHandles = get_param('rtwdemo_basicsc/In2','portHandles');
outPortHandle = portHandles.Outport;

portHandles = get_param('rtwdemo_basicsc/In3','portHandles');
outPortHandle = portHandles.Outport;

portHandles = get_param('rtwdemo_basicsc/In4','portHandles');
outPortHandle = portHandles.Outport;


Generate code from the model.

### Starting build procedure for model: rtwdemo_basicsc
### Successful completion of build procedure for model: rtwdemo_basicsc

View the generated file rtwdemo_basicsc.c. Because you applied the storage class ExportedGlobal to the Inport and Outport blocks, the code creates separate global variables that represent the inputs and the output.

file = fullfile('rtwdemo_basicsc_grt_rtw','rtwdemo_basicsc.c');
rtwdemodbtype(file,'/* Exported block signals */','real32_T output_sig;',1,1)
/* Exported block signals */
real32_T input1;                       /* '<Root>/In1' */
real32_T input2;                       /* '<Root>/In2' */
real32_T input3;                       /* '<Root>/In3' */
real32_T input4;                       /* '<Root>/In4' */
real32_T output_sig;                   /* '<Root>/Out1' */

The generated algorithm in the model step function directly references these global variables to calculate and store the output signal value, output_sig.

While you use the Model Data Editor to configure the interface of a system, consider using the interface display to view the system inputs and outputs (Inport and Outport blocks) at a high level. See docid:simulink_ug.bvcpngd-1.

Route Signal Data to Multiple Outputs

You can route a single signal to multiple Outport blocks and apply a different storage class to each Outport. For example, use this technique to send signal data to a custom function (such as a device driver) and to a global variable that your custom algorithmic code can use:

  1. Branch the target signal line to each Outport block.
  2. For more efficient code, set the storage class of the target signal line to Auto (the default). Optimizations can then eliminate the signal line from the generated code.
  3. Use the Model Data Editor to apply the custom storage class GetSet to one Outport block and ExportToFile to the other Outport block. Apply a signal name to each block.


You cannot apply a storage class to an Outport block if the input to the block has a variable size. Instead, apply the storage class to the signal line.