System-Level Modeling with Symbolics

System-level models are essential for capturing the dynamic interactions of different domains.  Their benefits, however, can be greatly extended when coupled with a symbolically capable environment.  In these cases, the actual equations that govern the interactions can be extracted, viewed, manipulated, and modified – yielding insights and efficiencies that are simply not available with purely numeric tools.  These environments can also provide significant speed improvements, leveraging their internal data structures to generate compact, highly-efficient c-code.

MapleSim, a modeling and simulation platform that is based on the Maple symbolic computation engine, and available through Altair’s HyperWorks Platform, provides such an environment.  This presentation will discuss some of the above advantages in the context of MapleSim case studies.


The Author

Chad Schmitke
MapleSim Product Development Director