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Multiple Stateflow Charts Algebraic Loop Error

Asked by Aaron
on 12 Mar 2015
Latest activity Answered by Zack Peters on 13 Mar 2015
Is there a way to have two separate stateflow charts that interact without adding unit delays?
I am using the diagrams for HDL code generation and I do not want extra registers added by unit delays.
The state machines themselves are unrelated in the design and cannot be nested in the same stateflow chart.
I can attach a screenshot and a simple example if my question is unclear.

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Here is a snapshot of the diagram, chart_1 and chart_2 are the same

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Answer by Zack Peters on 13 Mar 2015

There needs to be an order for the two chart calls. Let's assume for a second that chart_1 get's called first and is followed by a call to chart_2. If this is the case then the question is, what will chart_1 use as its input? The current value of the signal will be whatever chart_2 output on the previous time step - This is effectively a delay. If you want the input of chart_1 to be the output of chart_2 at the current time step then that's a bit impossible because chart_2 hasn't executed yet (reading values from the future?).
If you sit down and work out what the expected behavior of the system is then I think you'll find that a solution exists for you. Sometime I find that it helps to write some pseudo code of how you would expect for this to behave if it were written in a programming language (like MATLAB or C).
One idea to break the loop (other than the delays) is to implement a function call for each block and link them with a Feedback Latch block:
But again, the pseudo code will look something like:
step()
{
out1 = chart_1(in1);
in2 = out1;
out2 = chart_2(in2);
in1 = out2;
}

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