Simulink

Communicating with PandaBoard™ Hardware

This example shows you how to send data using the UDP Ethernet protocol from a Simulink® model running on PandaBoard hardware to another model running on the host computer

Introduction

In this example you will learn how to create and run a simple Simulink model on PandaBoard hardware that sends data to the host computer using User Datagram Protocol (UDP)User Datagram Protocol (UDP). A companion model running on the host computer will receive UDP data packets coming from PandaBoard hardware.

Prerequisites

Required Hardware

To run this example you will need the following hardware:

  • PandaBoard or PandaBoard ES hardware

Target Hardware Model

Host Model

Task 1 - Review PandaBoard Block Library

Simulink Support Package for PandaBoard Hardware provides I/O peripheral blocks for PandaBoard hardware for easy integration with algorithms designed in Simulink.

1. Enter simulinksimulink at the MATLAB® prompt to open the Simulink Library Browser.

2. In the Simulink Library Browser, navigate to Simulink Support Package for PandaBoard Hardware.

3. Double-click the UDP Send or UDP Receive blocks. This opens the block mask, which contains a description of the block and parameters for configuring for UDP-based communications.

Task 2 - Run UDP Communication Model on PandaBoard Hardware

In this task, you will configure and run a simple model that sends UDP packets to the host computer.

1. Open the target hardware modeltarget hardware model.

2. Double-click on the UDP Send block. Open the block mask and enter the IP address of your host computerIP address of your host computer in the Remote IP address edit box. For example, if the IP address of your host computer is 10.10.10.1, enter '10.10.10.1' in the block mask. Do not change the Remote IP port parameter. Click OK to save and close the block mask.

3. In your Simulink model, click the Deploy To Hardware button on the toolbar.

4. The model running on PandaBoard hardware will start sending UDP packets to port 25000 of your host computer.

Task 3 - Run UDP Communication Model on the Host Computer

In this task, you will run the host model that receives the UDP packets sent by the model running on PandaBoard hardware.

1. Open the host modelhost model. This model has a UDP Receive block that is configured to receive UDP packets sent by the model running on PandaBoard hardware. Double-click on the UDP Receive block mask. Note that the Local IP port is set to 25000, and the output data type is set to "double".

2. Click the Play button to start simulation.

3. Double-click on the Scope block to see the sine wave sent by the model that is running on PandaBoard hardware. The Display block in the model shows the number of UDP packets received from the PandaBoard hardware since the start of simulation of the host model.

Task 4 - Stop the Model Running on PandaBoard Hardware

1. On MATLAB command line, execute the following

h = panda;
stop(h,'pandaboard_communication');

Other Things to Try:

  • Modify the host modelhost model so that the Scope block displays data only when Size port of the UDP Receive block outputs a positive number.

Summary

This example showed how to send data from a model running on PandaBoard hardware to the host computer using UDP protocol, and also described how the data may be received by another model running on the host computer.