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Launch an application on the NVIDIA target by name



procID = runApplication(hwObj,exeName) launches the application (executable) specified by exeName on the NVIDIA® target board desktop.

procID = runApplication(___,exeArgs) launches the application specified by exeName on the NVIDIA target board desktop. exeArgs is used to specify run-time arguments to the application.

procID = runApplication(___,exePath) launches the application specified by exeName on the NVIDIA target board desktop. exePath is used to explicitly specify the location of the application.


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This example shows how to launch an application on the NVIDIA Jetson® TX2 target. This example requires a USB camera connected to the NVIDIA target.

Create a live hardware connection from the MATLAB® software to the NVIDIA hardware by using the jetson function. To create a live hardware connection object, provide the host name or IP address, user name, and password of the target board. For example:

hwobj = jetson('jetson-board-name','ubuntu','ubuntu');

Create a MATLAB function liveCapture.m that connects to the webcam on a Jetson TX2 board and displays the image on the board. This function acts as the entry-point for code generation.

function liveCapture() %#codegen

% To enable code generation for hardware interfaces
hwobj = jetson;
w = webcam(hwobj,1,'1280x800');
d = imageDisplay(hwobj);

for k = 1:2000
    % Capture the image from the webcam on hardware.
    img = snapshot(w);
    % Display image.

Create a GPU code configuration object for generating an executable. Use the coder.hardware function to create a configuration object for the Jetson platform and assign it to the Hardware property of the code configuration object cfg.

cfg = coder.gpuConfig('exe');
cfg.GenerateReport = true;
cfg.Hardware = coder.hardware('NVIDIA Jetson');
cfg.CustomInclude = fullfile('codegen','exe','liveCapture','examples');
cfg.CustomSource  = fullfile('codegen','exe','liveCapture','examples','');

The file is generated as part of code generation process. For this example, this file can be used without any modification.

To generate CUDA® code, use the codegen command and pass the GPU code configuration object along with the liveCapture entry-point function. After the code generation takes place on the host, the generated files are copied over and built on the target.

codegen -config cfg liveCapture

Use the runApplication function to launch the executable on the TX2 board.

procID = runApplication(hwobj,'liveCapture');
### Launching the executable on the target...
Executable launched successfully with process ID 12821.
Displaying the simple runtime log for the executable...

Input Arguments

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Connection to a specific NVIDIA hardware board, specified as a jetson or drive object.

Specify the name of the application to run on the NVIDIA target desktop.

Example: 'liveCapture.elf'

Specify the runtime arguments to the application.

Example: 'camVid.avi'

Specify the path to the application on the NVIDIA board. If no value is specified, the software uses the workspaceDir property of the jetson or drive object to determine the standard location of the application.

Example: '/home/ubuntu/myLiveEdgeDetect/MATLAB_ws/R2019a/home/gpucoder/myLiveEdgeDetection'

Output Arguments

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The process ID of the application launched on the NVIDIA target.

Example: 12821

Introduced in R2019a