Access Block Data During Simulation
About Block Run-Time Objects
Simulink® provides an application programming interface, called the block run-time interface, that enables programmatic access to block data, such as block inputs and outputs, parameters, states, and work vectors, while a simulation is running. You can use this interface to access block run-time data from the MATLAB® command line, the Simulink Debugger, and from Level-2 MATLAB S-functions (see Write Level-2 MATLAB S-Functions).
You can use this interface even when the model is paused or is running or paused in the debugger.
The block run-time interface consists of a set of Simulink data object classes (see Data Objects) whose instances provide
data about the blocks in a running model. In particular, the interface associates an instance of
Simulink.RunTimeBlock, called the block's run-time object, with each nonvirtual
block in the running model. A run-time object's methods and properties provide access to
run-time data about the block's I/O ports, parameters, sample times, and states.
Access a Run-Time Object
Every nonvirtual block in a running model has a
whose value, while the simulation is running, is a handle for the run-time object of the block.
This allows you to use
get_param to obtain a block's run-time object. For
example, the following statement
rto = get_param(gcb,'RuntimeObject');
returns the run-time object of the currently selected block. Run-time object data is read-only. You cannot use run-time objects to change a block’s parameters, input, output, and state data.
Virtual blocks (see Nonvirtual and Virtual Blocks) do not have run-time objects. Blocks
eliminated during model compilation as an optimization also do not have run-time objects (see
Block reduction). A run-time object exists only while the model containing the block
is running or paused. If the model is stopped,
get_param returns an empty
handle. When you stop a model, all existing handles for run-time objects become empty.
Listen for Method Execution Events
One application for the block run-time API is to collect diagnostic data at key points
during simulation, such as the value of block states before or after blocks compute their
outputs or derivatives. The block run-time API provides an event-listener mechanism that
facilitates such applications. For more information, see the documentation for the
In the Simulink model, double-clicking on the annotation below the S-function block executes its
OpenFcn. This function first opens a figure for plotting the FIR filter
coefficients. It then executes the function to add a
execution event to the S-function's block run-time object for example:
% Add a callback for PostOutputs event blk = 'sldemo_msfcn_lms/LMS Adaptive'; h = add_exec_event_listener(blk, ... 'PostOutputs', @plot_adapt_coefs);
plot_adapt_coefs.m is registered as an event listener that
is executed after every call to the S-function's
Outputs method. The function
accesses the block run-time object's DWork vector and plots the filter coefficients calculated
Outputs method. The calling syntax used in
plot_adapt_coefs.m follows the standard needed for any listener. The first
input argument is the S-function's block run-time object, and the second argument is a structure
of event data, as shown below.
function plot_adapt_coefs(block, ei) %#ok<INUSD> % % Callback function for plotting the current adaptive filtering % coefficients. stemPlot = get_param(block.BlockHandle,'UserData'); est = block.Dwork(2).Data; set(stemPlot(2),'YData',est); drawnow('expose');
Synchronizing Run-Time Objects and Simulink Execution
You can use run-time objects to obtain the value of a block output and display in the MATLAB Command Window by entering the following commands.
rto = get_param(gcb,'RuntimeObject') rto.OutputPort(1).Data
However, the displayed data may not be the true block output if the run-time object is not synchronized with the Simulink execution. Simulink only ensures the run-time object and Simulink execution are synchronized when the run-time object is used either within a Level-2 MATLAB S-function or in an event listener callback. When called from the MATLAB Command Window, the run-time object can return incorrect output data if other blocks in the model are allowed to share memory.
To ensure the
Data field contains the correct block output, open the
Configuration Parameters dialog box, and then clear the Signal storage
reuse check box (see Signal storage reuse (Simulink Coder)).