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Why my level 2 s function runs very slow when the simulink is about taking the first step of integration?

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Husni Rois Ali
Husni Rois Ali on 18 Oct 2017
Commented: Birdman on 19 Oct 2017
Hi Guys
I implemented a block on level 2 s-function (implemented in m file) that does the same job as the built-in state-space function. When I compared the result, they produced the same result. However when I compared the elapsed time I noticed that my s function run slower than simulink build in block (in particular if the size of systems is very large (4000 states)). I noticed that the long simulation time occurs before simulink taking the first step of integration. After the first step, it run at comparable speed to state-space build in block. I realized it may be caused by the inefficiency in implementation. But any other reason for this?

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Birdman
Birdman on 18 Oct 2017
In the generated code, Level 2 S-function is called upon a pointer called SimStruct, which is used to call the output function of the system. Therefore, this situation slows down the application. To get rid of this, you can inline the S-function by either using S-Function Builder in Simulink from User Defined Functions library, or you can write a tlc file for your S-function by hand which is harder and requires more effort. For detailed information and documentation, please see the following links.
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Birdman
Birdman on 19 Oct 2017
If you want to use matlab functions, you can embed them in a MATLAB Function in Simulink. You don't have to use them in S-function. The working principle of s-function is little bit different. I suggest you to read some documentation.

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