What is it?
GTKWave is a free and open source "wave analyzer tool" generally used
in HDL design. It can display integer and real value data.
There are lots of color and formating option which make it pleasant to
use and also it has many marker and cursor options which makes
waveform analysis simple.
It can read VCD and other dump file formates.
Simulink blockset for GTKWave can be used to display the simulation data
The scope provided by simulink for waveform display is
very uncomfortable for scrolling, zooming and timing analysis. This blockset can be used as alternative of the simulink scope.
Using this blockset, simulink data can be displayed on Gtkawave tool for easy analysis.
How to install?
(1) Blockset is created and tested on Windows system. So download the windows
version of GTKWave (available version 3.3.34) from
Unzip the file in any folder you want(but make sure that, parent directory path
shouldn't contain space. Otherwise tcl script will not run).
The root_folder_of_GTKWave_tool should contain following folders
(2) You have below files & folders for GTKWave blockset
-- gtk_ml_supp (folder contains m-file & a c-file)
Copy these folders and files in the root_folder_of_GTKWave_tool.
(3) Now open Matlab and set the current directory to "root_folder_of_GTKWave_tool"
Run the script "InstallGTKWaveBlockSet.m".
(4) Now set current directory to "root_folder_of_GTKWave_tool\gtk_ml_supp".
>> mex mexGTKWaveWriteVCD.c
to compile the .c file. It should generate .mex file successfully. Mex file is used for
making the process of VCD file writing fast.
(5) Blockset is installed and ready to use. Blockset will now appear on simulink
(6) Blockset is created and tested for Fixed-step Descrete models on Matlab R2012a.
How to use?
Blockset contains two blocks
Connect the GTKLogPort to the signals which you want to log and display in the GTKWave.
Specify the Name, Data type and Data flow properties.
Now drag and connect the GTKSetup block to the "Root level" of the model. Set the
"Launch output on GTKWave" property to "on". Only one GTKSetup block is required for
each model and should be at root level of model.
Now run the simulation. After the simulation, GTKWave will be launced automatically
and it will display the signals which are logged with GTKLogPort.
You can disable the launching of GTKWave after simulation by setting the GTKSetup's
"Launch output on GTKWave" property to "off".
Best of luck.
Feel free to contact on
firstname.lastname@example.org for reporting any issue, any query
@olivier: Select the signal and press "E" button on your keyboard to zoom-in on Y-axis. To zoom-out select the empty lines (created after zoom-in) in "Signals" list, right click and cut it.
Nice alternative, but after playing a little while, I still did not get how to set the Y axis of a signal (or doing a vertical zoom)
Gernot, thanks for your valuable feedback.
I am already working for "named signals", so that GTKLogPort can take signal name automatically when it is connected to a named signal.
Regarding issue with matlab version R2012a, currently i don't have access to R2012a. But as soon as I will get it, I will try to test and fix this issue.
simlog and simPlotter (on FEX) show some alternative signal selection methods.
This viewer tool is a good idea.
1) named signals could be used as logging names automatically
2) some variables are created directly in MatlabWorkspace (better collect inside one struct or hide in the UserData of the SetupBlock)
3) Unfortunately, it does not work directly in 2012a (of course R2007b is mentioned above). (Simulink misses some 'Open
Fcn' to load the blockset on starting-up: An error occured while parsing "...\slblocks.m". Error Message: Reference to non-existent field 'OpenFcn'..)
The blocks itself works as proposed if the testmodel is created inside the folder 'gtk_ml_supp' (only a Warning of a depricated block parameter occurs).
V2.0 : Made compatible to R2012a.
Updated the "slblock.m" file to remove minor bug and make tool compatible for R2012a.
Changes in v1.2