Conference article

Flattening of Modelica State Machines: A Practical Symbolic Representation

Bernhard Thiele
PELAB, Linköping University, Sweden

Adrian Pop
PELAB, Linköping University, Sweden

Peter Fritzson
PELAB, Linköping University, Sweden

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Published in: Proceedings of the 11th International Modelica Conference, Versailles, France, September 21-23, 2015

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 118:27, s. 255-263

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Published: 2015-09-18

ISBN: 978-91-7685-955-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)

Abstract

Modelica 3.3 introduced dedicated built-in language support for state machines that was inspired by semantics known from Statechart and mode automata formalisms. The specification describes the semantics of these constructs in terms of data-flow equations that allows to relate it to the Modelica DAE representation which is the conceptual intermediate format of Modelica code after instance creation (flattening). However, a complete transformation of state machine constructs into data-flow equations at the stage of flattening requires an early commitment to implementation details that potentially hinders model optimizations at subsequent translation phases. Also, due to the required substantial model transformation the semantic distance between the original source model and the flattened representation is rather large. Hence, this paper proposes a more versatile symbolic representation for flattened state machine constructs that preserves the state machine’s composition structure and allows postponing optimizations to subsequent compiler phases.

Keywords

state machine; mode automata; flattening; compilation

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