Synchronizing two matlab scripts on two devices

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Hi folks,
I am working on a personal project that requires two devices running a matlab script to remain sychronized. My hope is that device 1 can complete a task then let device 2 know that it is done so device 2 can complete its task, then visa versus, repeating.
This sychronization could be simply done using the time because the tasks are periodic in nature, however I am looking to add some robustness to my script so that if one device is stopped, the other one will also automatically stop. I have considered using a file to load and save states to, but I think that will get messy with two devices tryng to read and write to the same file.
Is there a way to share a variable between devices or an easy way to send messages? I briefly looked into bluetooth, but I feel that there must be a simpler way to do this that I am not aware of.
Any ideas are appreciated,
Thank you!
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Chandler Johnston
Chandler Johnston on 20 Nov 2022
Just to clarfiy, I'm looking to achieve:
Device 1 does something... Device 1 is done and lets device 2 know it can go...
Device 2 sees it can go and does something... Device 2 is done and lets device 1 know it can go...
Device 1 sees it can go and does something... Device 1 is done and lets device 2 know it can go...
So on and so forth

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Walter Roberson
Walter Roberson on 20 Nov 2022
If the devices support RS232 and you have one of the increasingly-rare true serial ports, then you can use serialport() and configure timeouts, and have the devices send messages over serial to the host that relays to the other device (or send directly between devices.)
If the devices support serial-over-USB then you can use serialport(), very similar to the above (but differences in latency.)
If you have the Instrument Control Toolbox you could consider using udpport() and related functions, or you could consider tcpserver() and tcpclient()
If you do not have Instrument Control Toolbox, then you could consider using tcpclient() -- but the devices would have to be prepared to act as tcp servers.
There is a File Exchange Contribution https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/345-tcp-udp-ip-toolbox-2-0-6 that can act as a tcp server without Instrument Control
Depending on what the devices are, you might possibly be able to configure them with a Digital Pin wire or SPI communication and have them trigger each other.
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