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Simulink Block vs Simulink Model

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Eddie Ball
Eddie Ball on 26 Aug 2020
Commented: Eddie Ball on 26 Aug 2020
Dear MATLAB Community,
Can someone please explain the difference between a Simulink Model and a Simulink Block? I'm trying to understand why there is an InitFcn callback for both (https://www.mathworks.com/help/simulink/ug/initialization-function.html?s_tid=mwa_osa_a).
Thanks!
Eddie

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Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 26 Aug 2020
A Simulink model is made from Simulink blocks. The sum of all its Simulink blocks plus something else (configurations, parameters) becomes the Simulink model.
For simpler explaination, when you run a simulation of the model, the "InitFcn" of the model is executed first, then Simulink looks into all the blocks in the model to decide which block to execute first and which block to execute the next. If a block has an "InitFcn", then it is executed and goes to the next block. When all this "Initilization" is finished, the simulation begains, going step (in time) by step. In every time step, every block is executed at a particular order and this is repeated many times. All the "InitFcn" though, are executed only once per simulation during the "initizliaztion" period (sometime called compilation time).

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Eddie Ball
Eddie Ball on 26 Aug 2020
Thank you for the explination. I'm still a little confused tho. What happens when my block is a model (like a Subsystem or Subsystem Reference). I can set an InitFcn for the block, then go into the Subsystem and set an InitFcn for the model. What order are these InifFcn's run in?
Thanks!
Fangjun Jiang
Fangjun Jiang on 26 Aug 2020
The best way to figure this out is to make an example. Display info into Command Window in the "InitFcn" to show it. There must be document describing the proper order. But again, might be harder to find it than making an example.
Eddie Ball
Eddie Ball on 26 Aug 2020
That's a good idea. Thanks @Fangjun Jiang!

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