dSPACE: Support for FMI Standard 2.0

The latest version of Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) standard 2.0 is integrated into the dSPACE tool chain. dSPACE tools support FMI. Easy integration of different simulation models. Using different modeling approaches in one project

Wixom, Michigan On July 25, 2014, the Modelica Association Project Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) announced the release of the FMI standard 2.0. FMI is an open, manufacturer-independent interface that lets the user integrate simulation models from different modeling tools into one overall model. The latest version of the standard brings with it new functions. For example, simulation parameters can now be altered during the simulation. dSPACE is among the first providers to support the FMI standard 2.0 in its tool chain.

Thorsten Blochwitz, R&D Manager ITI GmbH and FMI Project Leader says "I am very glad to present the FMI 2.0 specifications after such intensive development work. I thank our international partners for their close cooperation. Comprehen-sive realistic tests allow us to release a high-quality specification, so FMUs of different tools and platforms are compatible right from the start. New functions pave the way for new application fields and increase usability. Among these functions are: altering parameters during the simulation, an improved initializa-tion, and handling events in a real-time environment such as in a hardware-in-the-loop simulator."

Prof. Dr. Ing. Martin Otter, Chairman of the Modelica Association and Vice Di-rector of the Institute for System Dynamics and Control at the German Aero-space Center (DLR) states "Finally! As a co-developer of FMI 2.0, I am very glad that a much improved version of the standard was brought to the market. The close cooperation of around ten FMI software providers makes a very stable ex-change of dynamic systems between tools possible. We will increasingly use FMI in our research projects at the DLR Institute for System Dynamics and Con-trol, because FMI 2.0 and its support by important software providers opens new possibilities, particularly in the real-time environment."

FMI in the dSPACE tool chain

Three dSPACE products support FMI 2.0: the PC-based platform VEOS, the hardware-in-the-loop simulator SCALEXIO, and the data management software SYNECT.

FMI support benefits the users because more modeling tools can be used in model-in-the-loop, software-in-the-loop, and hardware-in-the-loop projects with dSPACE VEOS and SCALEXIO. Model components and their visualization, test, and experiment projects can be consistently reused throughout the dSPACE tool chain. SYNECT supports the management of the created data, including the FMUs, during the entire development and test process.

For further information on FMI support and the presentation of a demo project, visit www.dspace.com/go/fmi.

About FMI

As an open standard, the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) makes is easier to use the best tools for a specific modeling task and to consistently reuse models. The partners of the Modelica Association FMI Project further develop the FMI standard, which originally resulted from the EU project MODELISAR, concluded in 2011. The FMI project was started in 2012 and is carried out by leading pro-viders and users of simulation tools.

To learn more, see www.fmi-standard.org/