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Y = dll(filename,functionname,X);


Given a function (functionname) of a dll (filename), the dll function returns the output values (X) for a given input (Y).


Users can write their own source code using a native compiler such as Visual C++ or Borland C++. With these compilers it is possible to create DLL’s with user defined functions that have an input- output relation which can be embedded in simulation code.



 string filename = 'example.dll';

 string function = 'myFunction';


 real x[2],y[2];


 x = [ramp(1);ramp(2)];

 y = dll(filename,function,x);


filename and functionname must be string parameters. Note that the size of Y and X (scalars or matrices) must correspond with the size that is expected for the given dll-function.

Search Order

20-sim uses the following search order for the dll-file:

1.The bin directory of 20-sim (usually C:\Program Files\20-sim 4.6\bin).
2.The current directory.
3.The Windows system directory.
4.The Windows directory.
5.The directories that are listed in the PATH environment variable.

The simplest place to put the dll-file is the bin directory, but it is always possible to give a complete path for the dll filename.


Code generation notice

20-sim allows for code generation of the 20-sim model. In case of a DLL call, 20-sim cannot generate the complete code for a DLL call since it only knows the DLL file name, function name and arguments and not the internal DLL code.

Therefore, in the generated code, the dll(dll_name, function_name, in) will be generated as:

%dll_name%_%function_name%(double *inarr, int inputs, double *outarr, int outputs, int major)

Where %dll_name% and %function_name% are replaced with the actual DLL and function name. You have to add the C-code implementation of this function yourself to the generated code before you can compile it.