This is the introductory tutorial for lesson one. It shows how to download the virtual machine, how set it into operation, and where to look around in the SmartMDSD Toolchain. It includes basic usage hints to work with virtual machines.
|Role||System builder, but also other roles while browsing through the system's building blocks|
|Assumptions||Basic understanding of Virtual Machines is a plus, but not required|
|System Requirements||None. Instructions to install virtual box and download the virtual machine are provided.|
|You will learn||Basic usage functionalities of the SmartMDSD Toolchain|
In this lesson one, we guide you through first examples running a Pioneer 3DX robot in simulation. Later tutorials will show how to run it in real-world. You will get an immediate impression of the power of the SmartMDSD Toolchain and its development tools. We provide all the hints of where to find more information, documentation, reusable components etc. We will accomplish all the tasks of this and next tutorials in Virtual Machine.
This lesson features two systems/applications:
SmartSoft is an umbrella term for structures, tooling, infrastructure, and software components to build robotics systems: a systematic software development methodology, best practices, implementations, and software components.
The SmartMDSD Toolchain is based on the Eclipse Modeling Project. It assists the component developer in building software software components that adhere to a software component model for robotics. It assists the application builder in composing complex robotics applications out of off-the-shelf robotics software components.
Download the virtual machine appliance to a directory in your home folder.
Virtual Machine image System Information:
See additional information for working with the virtual machine: Welcome to the Virtual Machine.
You have two ways to Start the Virtual Machine:
We provide a “ready-to-use” installation of the SmartMDSD Toolchain in this virtual computer. It comes with all necessary examples to follow the tutorials. If you are new to virtual machines: Please always shutdown your virtual machine as you do with regular computers. We recommend to learn more about advanced methods to save the machine state and snapshots, see Welcome to the Virtual Machine.
You can shut down the VM from the guest operating system as illustrated below:
You can also shut down the VM from the virtual box management GUI. This will issue an ACPI command. It simulates pressing the “power button”.
It is recommended to update your svn repository and the installed SmartMDSD toolchain. Double-click the “Update Virtual Machine” icon on the Ubuntu Linux desktop in the Virtual Machine.
Updating the VM will update all repositories and re-compile the development environment. Depending on your host and guest configuration, it may take about 20-30 minutes.
By default, the toolchain in the virtual machine will have all necessary projects imported and set up. To import additional projects, follow these steps:
Please do not modify settings in the import-dialog: keep the defaults. It is recommended to “link projects” and not to copy them to the current workspace.
The following screenshots shows the dialog settings for components:
We now briefly look around in the SmartMDSD Toolchain. The next tutorial will more deeply address all aspects of the SmartMDSD Toolchain.
Let's look at one easy example of a system project
SystemLaserObstacleAvoidTiagoGazeboSimulator. To open the project, locate it in the project explorer and double click it. There are multiple views which include component architecture, target platform and deployment. The system component architecture composes software components to systems. Double click
System Architecture Viewpoint and explore it:
It contains two software components which implement a simple reactive obstacle avoidance scenario. To see more, continue with the next tutorials.
Additional information for working with the virtual machine: Welcome to the Virtual Machine
Please proceed with Simple System: Laser Obstacle Avoid.