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Real-Time Pacer for Simulink 4.8

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Simulink block for forcing a simulation to run in real (wall clock) time
Updated 01 Sep 2016
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Overview Functions Models

Editor's Note: This file was selected as MATLAB Central Pick of the Week

The RealTime Pacer block slows down ("paces") simulation time so that it synchronizes with real elapsed time. The degree of slowdown is
controllable via a Speedup parameter.
1) The block is implemented using an M S-function, so it works on any supported Simulink platform. It does not support code generation.

2) The block uses the MATLAB PAUSE function to slow down the simulation. The PAUSE command gives up the processor during the
pause, so system performance does not degrade.

3) The M-S function illustrates how to use nested functions to simplify the code.

The matching between simulation time and elapsed real time is approximate, with expected differences on the order of 10 to 30
milliseconds. This limitation is due to difficulties of precise timing with a multitasking operating system.


The following FX entries also implement "real time" functionality for Simulink. They are based on C S-functions and therefore support code

* Simulink Real Time Execution (Real-Time Slower) (Filex# 21908)

* Real-Time Blockset 7.1 for Simulink (Filex# 3175)
* RTsync Blockset (Filex# 24975)

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Hossein Does not work in external mode

22 Feb 2019

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Kai Zhao
28 Oct 2018

Tobias Kull
31 Aug 2018
The buildt-in simulation pacing of R2018a does not work for me, while this file is working! Thanks

lunkai xiang
17 May 2018

Antonin This is now built in Simulink, starting in R2018a!

20 Mar 2018

26 Feb 2018 Excellent! Works perfectly

Ajith Shenoy
24 Feb 2018
It would be nice, if we could change the speedup value in Real Time.
I am seeding a fault in the model. At the beginning it should run in accelerated mode (speedup = inf), but after
sometime at real time (speedup = 1)

14 Jan 2018 Could you explain how to install this package?

JUAN JOSE Could you explain how to install this package?, thanks you!
14 Jan 2018

21 Dec 2017 works fine

27 Nov 2017
good work!

Severin K
20 Nov 2017
Works fine with R2016b, thanks for sharing!

Fernandes da
30 Oct 2017

Naufan Yuslim
18 Sep 2017

Amit Kumar
4 Sep 2017
Very nice!

12 Aug 2017 Hi,
could anybody tell me in wich folder i should copy the files ?


3 Aug 2017
It helped me in making simulations for "marketing" or "know-how sharing" purposes 2/6
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Michael Wagner
23 Jul 2017
Nice work.
Should be part of the standard Simulink libraries.
It does run with Linux

Damjan Miklic
10 Jul 2017
Simple and efficient, works as advertised.

Subin The MATLAB Command Window gets blocked in each step while simulation is running. Is there any way to avoid
Kuttappan that?
Stellal Mary
29 Jun 2017

Tasfin Mahmud
11 Jun 2017
Worked nice for me. Thanks a lot.

Vilian Petkov
23 May 2017
Was very useful for me, works as far as I can tell.

27 Feb 2017
Big thanks, simple to use and works great for what I want to do!

Roshan Sharma
7 Feb 2017
Great work! Thanks a lot...
This file exchange is a superb substitution to the real time kernel. It works for me just great. I use it to read/write
data from NI-USB 6003 from National Instruments along with the MPC toolbox.
I used to use the "real-time sync" block from Simulink Desktop real-time toolbox provided by Mathworks, with
real time kernel. But I (and many others) have a huge problem with it. The CPU usage was always 100% with
the fan running at the top speed. The problem continued even when the real time kernel was uninstalled and
MATLAB was uninstalled. Restarting computer did not help. Task manger becomes unmanageable. The only
work-around was to create a restore point and restore the PC to earlier working state.

Thanks to this simple solution. Now I do not have to worry about restoring my PC.

10 Jan 2017

31 Dec 2016
Thank you! I spent forever screwing around trying to get something that plays back close to real-time, for
visualization purposes. What a pain in the posterior for something so simple.

Your block did the job, no problems whatsoever. Cheers!

7 Dec 2016 Great work!

But I have to run a stepper motor using matlab and arduino and I get the following error message: The
corresponding 'msfun_realtime_elapsed.tlc' file for the MATLAB S-function 'msfun_realtime_elapsed' in block
'realtime_pacer_example/Elapsed Real Time1' must be located in the current working directory, the MATLAB S-
function directory 'C:\Users\ShreeKarthiga\Desktop', or the directory 'C:\Users\ShreeKarthiga\Desktop\tlc_c'.
Is there any way out of this.

Jon Eskils
21 Nov 2016

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Best real-time block implementation (tried 5 others that failed to work).
The only one that I've seen with a good readme, and great functionality for custom timing.


Gabriel H
21 Sep 2016

Mateus Antonio
28 Aug 2016

Mikel Iturbe
12 Aug 2016
Despite a previous comment claiming that it does not work on Linux, I was able to run the example and use it in
my simulations with Matlab 2016a on Ubuntu 16.04, out of the box.

Dinart Braga
8 Jun 2016
Gautam, thank you very much.
Your code solved my problem in 1 minute.

Also, your install instructions could not be simpler. Nice job!

Pan Song
11 Apr 2016
works fine with me:)

sagar pawar
3 Apr 2016
please guide me....for using this blocks for speed control of dc motor with arduino with matlab...

Alon Tuchner
14 Mar 2016
Works very well.

Kenneth De
30 Jan 2016 Thanks much appreciated

Michael Rice
23 Jul 2015
I have MAC OS X Yosemite. This solutions did exactly what I wanted. Thank you for making this robust enough
to work on multiple platforms over multiple releases.

Krisando lalal Hey, thanks!

4 Jun 2015 I have problem with setting the path.
There are any blocks in simulink library after adding the path.
I simply put the whole folder to /Users/Myusername/Documents/MATLAB/realtimeP
realtimeP - folder with m, s files and models.

and i run addpath('/User/Myusername/Documents/MATLAB/realtimeP')

I have MAC OS X, I would be gratefull for answer :)

15 Dec 2014 Thanks, this worked well for me.

26 Nov 2014
Hi it don't runs in linux

Pramit Biswas
24 Apr 2014
Elapsed real time is what I'm searching for. Very nice implementation. Superb. 4/6
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Thank you very much for sharing.

12 Jul 2013 Great functionality. Does exactly what I was looking for, including scaled real time. Perfect. Thanks so much,

Jeff Orchard
10 Jun 2013
Nice. It does exactly what I want, and it was simple to use. Thanks!

23 Mar 2012
This pacer for Labview works very well for slowing a SIMULINK developed control system to match the timing of
a real time device. We are using it to provide control logic to a LabView DAQ system which then controls a
hydraulic pump and motor system. To overcome the problem of Microsoft Operating System interrupts, we have
added memory to the control system to account for the time losses.

Gustavo Very nice work!

20 Jul 2011

1 Sep 2016 Updated license


MATLAB Release Compatibility

Created with R2008b
Compatible with any release

Platform Compatibility
 Windows  macOS  Linux

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