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MAT-File Logging on BeagleBone Blue Hardware

This example shows you how to log signals from a Simulink® model on BeagleBone® Blue hardware in the MAT-file format.


The Simulink Coder™ Support Package for BeagleBone Blue Hardware supports logging of signals from your Simulink model on BeagleBone Blue hardware in the MAT-file format. Signal logging enables you to monitor the behavior of the signal and perform analysis of historical data.


Before you start with this example, we recommend you to complete the Getting Started with Simulink Coder Support Package for BeagleBone Blue Hardware example.

Required Hardware

To run this example, you must have a BeagleBone Blue board.

Task 1 - Open Simulink Model Template

This support package provides different Simulink model templates. The models in these templates are pre-configured for you to use with BeagleBone Blue hardware. You can use these models as a starting point to understand how the MAT-file logging works on BeagleBone Blue hardware.

1. Open the Simulink Start Page.

2. Scroll down and click the Simulink Coder Support Package for Beaglebone Blue™ Hardware template. From the expanded list, click Basic Model to create a new model. This model consists of a Sine Wave source block, a Scope block, and a GPIO block from the Beagle bone Blue Simulink library. The Sine Wave block is connected to the Scope block and the GPIO block.

In this example, the signal driving the GPIO block is logged by the Scope block.

3. Save the model.

Task 2 - Enable MAT-file Logging

1. To open the Model Configuration Parameters dialog box, click the gear icon on the Simulink model toolbar.

2. Browse to Code Generation > Interface > Advanced Parameters, or type MAT-file logging in the search box.

3. Select the MAT-file logging option and click Apply to save the changes.

4. Click OK to close the dialog box.

5. In the Simulink model, double-click the Scope block, and click the gear icon to open the Configuration Properties dialog box.

6. In the Logging tab, select the Log data to workspace option, and click Apply to save the changes.

7. On the Simulink model toolbar, set the Simulation stop time parameter. This parameter specifies the duration for which the signals are logged. After the simulation stop time elapses, the logging of signals stops. However, your model continues to run. For example, if the Simulation stop time parameter is specified as 10.0 seconds, the signals are logged for 10.0 seconds, and then the logging stops. However, the model continues to run for indefinite time.

Task 3 - Configure and Deploy Model on BeagleBone Blue Hardware

In this task, you will configure the model to be deployed on the BeagleBone Blue hardware. As we started with a BeagleBone Blue template model, the model is already configured.

1. Open the beagleboneblue_matfilelogging Simulink model.

2. Select Tools > Run on Target Hardware > Options.... Verify the parameter values in the Hardware Implementation pane.

3. On the Simulink model toolbar, click the Deploy To Hardware button. This action builds, downloads, and runs the model on the BeagleBone Blue hardware.

Task 4 - Import MAT-files from BeagleBone Blue Hardware

1. In the MATLAB® command window, use the following command to create a beagleboneblue object. The parameters specified in this command should match the board parameters specified in Simulation > Model Configuration Parameters > Target hardware resources > Board Parameters.

b = beagleboneblue(<IP address>, <username>, <password>);

2. Use the getFile function to copy the MAT-files from the BeagleBone Blue board to your computer.


Here, b specifies the beagleboneblue object and filename specifies the path and name of the file created.

The model running on BeagleBone Blue creates multiple MAT-files depending on the duration for which the signals are logged. The files are named as 'modelnamerunindexfileindex.mat'. '<modelname>' is the name with which the Simulink model is saved. '<runindex>' starts with 1 and is incremented by one during successive runs.<fileindex> starts with 1 and is incremented by 1 every time a new MAT file is created in the same run.

To import multiple MAT-files from BeagleBone Blue into MATLAB®, use the following function in the MATLAB command window:


The '*' character is used to copy all the files having names starting with '<modelname>' and ending with '.mat'.

After importing the MAT-files, you can use it like a regular MAT-file for any further analysis in MATLAB.

Since the model running on the hardware creates multiple MAT-files, the logged data points are distributed across the generated MAT-files.

You can create a stitcher function to combine these MAT-files into a single MAT-file that contains all the logged data points. An example of the MAT-file stitcher is provided. In the MATLAB® command window, enter the following command and refer the file to know more about its usage.


Other Things to Try

In this example, a Scope block is used to log signals. The signals can also be logged using the To Workspace block or the Output port block.

Try logging signals using these two blocks.