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Highlight Functional Dependencies

Large models often contain many levels of hierarchy, complicated signals, and complex mode logic. You can use Model Slicer to understand which parts of your model are significant for a particular behavior. This example shows how to use Model Slicer to explore the behavior of the sldvSliceClimateControlExample model. You first select an area of interest, and then highlight the related blocks in the model. In this example, you trace the dependency paths upstream of Out1 to highlight which portions of the model affect its behavior.

Open the model and highlight the functional dependencies of a signal in the system:

  1. Add the example folder to the search path.

  2. Open the sldvSliceClimateControlExample model.


  3. Select Analysis > Model Slicer to open the Model Slice Manager.

    When you open the Model Slice Manager, Model Slicer compiles the model. You then configure the model slice properties.

  4. In the Model Slice Manager, click the arrow to expand the Slice configuration list.

  5. Set the slice properties:

    • Name: Out1Slice

    • Color: (magenta)

    • Signal Propagation: upstream

    Model Slicer can also highlight the constructs downstream of or bidirectionally from a block in your model, depending on which direction you want to trace the signal propagation.

  6. Add Out1 as a starting point. In the model, right-click Out1 and select Model Slicer > Add as Starting Point.

The Model Slicer now highlights the upstream constructs that affect Out1.

If you create two slice configurations, you can highlight the intersecting portions of their highlights. Create a new slice configuration and view the intersecting portions of the slice configuration you created above and the new slice configuration:

  1. Create a new slice configuration with the following properties

    • Name: Out3Slice

    • Color: (red)

    • Signal Propagation: upstream

    • Starting point: Out3

  2. In the Model Slice Manager, select both the Out1Slice slice configuration and the Out3Slice slice configuration.

Model Slicer highlights portions of the model as follows:

  • The portions of the model that are exclusively upstream of Out1 are highlighted in cyan.

  • The portions of the model that are exclusively upstream of Out3 are highlighted in red.

  • The portions of the model that are upstream of both Out1 and Out3 are highlighted in black.

After you highlight a portion of your model, you can then refine the highlighted model to an area of interest. Or, you can create a simplified standalone model containing only the highlighted portion of your model.

To view the details of the highlighted model in web view, click Export to Web. The web view HTML file is stored in <current folder>\<model_name>\webview.html.

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