RT-LAB Orchestra, from Opal-RT Technologies Inc., is a real-time framework for heterogeneous software co-simulation. RT-LAB Orchestra is currently under evaluation by major automakers and Tier-1 suppliers in Europe, where Opal-RT is operating in partnership with the company’s France-based distributor, B2i Automotive Engineering. The product is also available in North America and Japan.
Successful real-time simulation of complex systems often requires heterogeneous models to be integrated into a single co-simulation environment. These models are often written in different programming languages, or generated by various simulation tools. They may also be developed by different teams, or even by different companies. By facilitating integration and interoperability between disparate co-simulation components, RT-LAB Orchestra enables the engineer to conduct Real-Time co-simulation of virtual vehicles earlier in the design process.
RT-LAB Orchestra includes a library of Matlab/Simulink blocks that are inserted into Simulink models that implement co-simulation components. A C-code API is then used by co-simulation components to exchange data within the RT-LAB framework, while configuration requirements are handled through an XML description file. In addition, a wide variety of model types can be supported including C, Simulink, AMEsim, Dymola, Statemate, and Altia.
RT-LAB Orchestra also enables testing of control models and environment models on the same simulator. These can include such control models as engine control, climate control, lighting control, and door lock controls. Environment models can include engine, driver, and powertrain. RT-LAB Orchestra also allows the user to connect or disconnect modules during a simulation, and provides options for compiling of models on multiple targets, saving the user valuable time.
This means that RT-LAB Orchestra enables a platform for virtual simulation of an entire vehicle, while eliminating concerns related to interaction of diverse models. The end result is increased effectiveness of simulation in the design process, decreased time to market and reduction in overall costs.
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