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Simulink external mode works fine but normal mode doesn't, when controlling a motor

Asked by Bernardo Noronha on 23 Jul 2019
Latest activity Answered by Abhilash Padma on 30 Jul 2019
Hello everyone! So I'm using Simulink to write a model that is run on Beaglebone Black (BBB) using the Embedded Code Support Package for Beaglebone Black Hardware (v.19.1.1) so that I can control a motor.
I want to run the model executable (.elf file) on boot of the BBB, so that I don't need to have it connected to a PC. For this, it needs to be built on normal mode, because it will run independently from the PC, so everything will be on the board (please someone correct me if I'm wrong!).
When connected to a PC, I can deploy and run the code on the hardware on external mode just fine, however, when I run in normal mode, there is a lot of instability. This instability is also present if I simply run the model exectuable directly on the BBB by ssh with PuTTy.
So my question is: why is there a difference between normal and external mode, namely, external mode works fine and normal mode doesn't? From other threads I've seen, it's usually the other way around, so I haven't been able to find anyone with this problem.
Please tell me which files you would like to see, in case there are any. Thank you!

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Answer by Abhilash Padma on 30 Jul 2019

Here you are feeding data to the model which is running on Beaglebone Black. External mode works better than normal mode because External mode creates a communication service on the host computer and hardware board. The two services establish a communication channel between the Simulink engine and generated code deployed on the hardware board. In normal mode, the algorithm runs in Simulink and the I/O drivers run in a separate Windows kernel mode process that maintains the real-time clock.
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