The Reactis Communicator
|Reactive Systems, Inc.
|August 26, 2005
This is the fourth installment of "The Reactis Communicator", a
low volume mailing list for conveying information about Reactis,
RSI's embedded software design automation tool suite. Reactis
enables users to deploy model-based software testing to
dramatically reduce the costs of testing embedded control
software. The tools are designed for use in conjunction with the
Simulink and Stateflow modeling and simulation environments
offered by The MathWorks, Inc.
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We are pleased to announce the availability of Version 2002.1
of Reactis. Numerous enhancements including several new features,
support for new Simulink blocks, performance improvements, and
bug fixes have been made since the inaugural V2002 release. The
changes are summarized below.
Reactis V2002.1 is available immediately and runs on the
Microsoft Windows and Linux platforms. Reactis is priced at US
$5000 per year per concurrent license. Free 30-day evaluation
licenses are available.
New features since V2002 include the following.
- A flexible scope facility has been added to Simulator
enabling users to monitor the values of data items (certain
Simulink blocks or signal lines, or Stateflow variables)
during simulation. These scopes function much like the
Simulink Scope block; however, instead of being wired into a
model they may be dynamically opened and closed during
simulation. Scopes are opened by right-clicking on a data item
(block, signal line, or Stateflow variable name) and selecting
- In Simulator, the coverage information conveyed to the user
for branch coverage has been improved for blocks that process
signal vectors. When the user places the mouse cursor over a
coverage marker in such a block (e.g. 1 or 0 for Relational or
Logical operators), a pop-up shows a list of signal indexes
for which this branch has not been covered.
- Simulator and the Model Viewer now include a facility that
enables the user to view block parameters by left-clicking on
a block. For example, with the new facility users can query
the threshold of a Switch block or the limits of a Saturation
- Tester now allows ``NaN'' (not a number) to appear in test
- The test generation algorithm in Tester has been improved
for models that contain only Simulink and no Stateflow.
- The computer on which the Reactis License Manager runs, no
longer needs to be connected to a network; rather, it must
only have a valid Ethernet card installed. This makes it
possible to use Reactis on a laptop away from the office.
- Intermediate representations of models are now cached to
greatly speed up loading models into Tester and Simulator.
- For many types of errors the Reactis error dialog now
includes a ``highlight'' button that, when clicked, opens a
model viewer to the pinpoint the source of the error.
- It is now possible for the user to specify values for
configuration variables in Simulator.
The following Simulink blocks are now supported.
- Enabled subsystems, Atomic subsystems, Configurable
- Discrete Integrator Block (except for ``state'' port)
- Discrete State Space Block, Discrete Transfer Function
Block, Discrete Zero Pole Block, Discrete Filter Block
- Combinatorial Logic Block
- Backlash Block
- Demuxed Function Calls
The following bugs have been fixed:
- In cases where a block and a workspace variable had the same
name, Reactis got confused. This resulted either in ``variable
X declared twice'' or ``couldn't infer type for variable X''
- Parameters of masked ``Function-Call Generator'' blocks were
sometimes ignored (produced message ``block X doesn't have a
sample time given'').
- In certain situations, Reactis would ignore signal names
given in a model and later complain ``Can't find signal in
- When canceling Tester, some already computed test steps were
missing in the resulting test suite.
- Message ``invalid input for port X'' when entering negative
limits for ranges in user guided simulation.
- Message ``input and output vectors have different sizes''
occurred in some LookUpTable and 2d-LookUpTable blocks.
- Message ``Couldn't retrieve local MAC address'' when
- ``tanh'' function wrongfully returned ``NaN'' for large
The Reactis Team
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