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The executor is responsible to run various different time domains in separated threads of execution. The execution periods of different time domains are generally in a harmonic relationship to each other.

Harmonic Tasks

As the following figure shows each harmonic is run by its own thread of execution.  In this example we have the safety system as the main task. It has the fastest execution period together with the time domain 1. The time domain 2 runs with the same period but only after time domain 1 has finished. Time domain 3 has a harmonic relationship to the main task with a ratio of 2.

Using the Executor

First you have to define the executor.

  eeros::Executor& executor = eeros::Executor::instance(); 

Next we have to define the main task. In general the main task will be the safety system.

  SafetySystem ss(properties, 0.001); // runs every millisecond

Now we create time domains and add it to the executor.

  eeros::control::TimeDomain td1("td1", 0.001, true);

This creates a time domain which should run in real-time with a period of 1 millisecond. Obviously the time domain has no blocks yet and therefore doesn't do any meaningful work yet.

You could also create a periodic task as a separate object and assign it a time domain as follows.

  eeros::control::TimeDomain td1("td1", 0.001, true);
  eeros::task::Periodic per1("per1", 0.001, td1);

Finally you have to start the executor with:; 

This call does not complete until you stop the main task with a special signal.

IMPORTANT Please make sure to run an application using the executor with root privileges. This is necessary for the executor to be able to create threads with realtime priorities.

Add More Time Domains

The picture at the top of this page shows another two time domains. Time domain 2 runs after time domain 1. It can be created and added to time domain 1 as follows

  eeros::control::TimeDomain td1("td1", 0.001, true);
  eeros::task::Periodic per1("per1", 0.001, td1);
  eeros::control::TimeDomain td2("td2", 0.001, true);
  eeros::task::Periodic per2("per2", 0.001, td2);

Time domain 3 runs concurrently to time domain 1. It can therefore be created simply with

  eeros::control::TimeDomain td3("td3", 0.002, true);
eeros_architecture/control_system/executor.txt · Last modified: 2021/02/10 15:28 by ursgraf