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Johan Rhodin

Announcing Wolfram SystemModeler 4.2

December 2, 2015 — Johan Rhodin, Kernel Developer

Explore the contents of this article with a free Wolfram SystemModeler trial.Today marks the release of Wolfram SystemModeler 4.2.

I’ll outline some of the new features and improvements we’ve done since Version 4.1. You could say that there are three main pieces to this release: usability, performance, and integration. Let’s take them one by one.

Usability, Performance, Integration word clouds

Usability

The first improvement you’ll notice as a user opening the product is that the diagram area is easier to understand, with crossing-line detection and joint connection points marked with solder dots:

Diagram improvement

There’s also a collection of new, specialized editors—for example, an editor that lets you edit arrays in a table view:

New, specialized editors

If you’re selecting a color, a color picker is shown:

Color picker

I find it really helpful to have an expression editor that pops up when editing longer expressions for a variable or parameter:

Expression editor

When picking files as inputs to model, there’s a file dialog window. This prevents user errors when selecting data files:

File dialog window

If you are modeling 3D systems, a new trajectory marker is available in the animation window. It traces the paths of the parts that you are interested in. It’s neat, and you can easily see the motions of parts with just a single picture:

Trajectory marker available in animation window

Performance

For Windows users, the new release is a 64-bit application, supporting Visual Studio Express 2015. This, together with improvements to the core of SystemModeler, will improve the compile time for models, especially larger models, drastically. As an example, I’ll time the transformation from model code to simulation for some models in the ScalableTestSuite Modelica library. This is on a relatively modest desktop computer:

Tranformation time from model code to simulation

SystemModeler is two to ten times faster in this release, as compared to SystemModeler 4.0!

Integration

SystemModeler keeps getting more integrated with the Wolfram Language. It’s now possible to turn Wolfram Language data into SystemModeler components. Here I take some data from a databin created with the Wolfram Data Drop:

Data from Data Drop

I save this temperature in a TimeSeries object:

Saving temperature as TimeSeries

And I create a component that behaves like this data:

Creating a component

I can now use this like any other component in SystemModeler.

One of my favorite features as a heavy user of SystemModeler and the Wolfram Language is the completion of model names in the SystemModeler Link package. If I, for example, start typing “WSMSimulate[“ModelPlug.Ex”,” the system fills in the available models:

Completion of model names in the SystemModeler Link package

This really speeds up my work in Mathematica and SystemModeler.

A full list of new features for SystemModeler 4.2 is available here.

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