1. Introduction#

Reactis provides model-based testing and validation of discrete-time embedded-controller models in the Simulink / Stateflow notation developed by MathWorks. TargetLink is a code generator developed by dSPACE which has become popular due to the following reasons:

  • Its Simulink-compatible block set enables detailed specification of the C code attributes.

  • The C code generated by TargetLink is very high quality.

With proper configuration, Reactis can work with not only the TargetLink block set (of many versions of TargetLink), but also with the C code generated by TargetLink. This provides many advantages:

  • Direct comparison between idealized-model behavior and realized C-code behavior.

  • Reactis test vectors derived for model-coverage can be used to analyze code coverage in the same environment. This can be extremely useful when looking at boundary or threshold conditions.

  • Interactive analysis using the full step-accurate debugging capability of Reactis.

A model-based design environment involving Reactis and TargetLink is depicted in Figure 1.1. Reactis contains three core components: Tester, which offers automatic test generation from models; Simulator, which enables users to visualize model execution to debug models and track coverage; and Validator, which offers automated checks of models for violations of user-specified requirements. For more information on the basic capabilities of Reactis, please see Testing and Validation of Simulink Models with Reactis.


Fig. 1.1 Reactis in a model-based design process.#