Using VIBE with ICE
Using ICE to run VIBE (Virtual Integrated Battery Environment) simulations
ICE provides three items that can be used to configure and run VIBE simulations:
- VIBE Key-Value Pair – Allows the user to specify variable values in a simulation. This item is optional.
- VIBE Launcher – Runs the specified simulation.
- VIBE Model – Allows the user to configure the simulation setup parameters.
To select one of these items from the list of available plugins in ICE, click the Create an Item button (stylized as a '+') in the "Item Viewer" view pane/tab.
This will present the user with a dialog that lists available ICE plugins (including three VIBE-related items), as show below.
Creating a VIBE Model
To start, the user should select the VIBE Model item and click Finish. This will open the "VIBE Model" form, pictured below.
In this initial example, the form will be populated with the information for the default "VIBE Model" case, which is suitable for this tutorial.
When you are done exploring this form you can simply click the ‘Go!’ button next to ‘Export to VIBE INI Format’ to write out the input file.
Fig 3. The VIBE Model form can be exported to a VIBE readable file using the upper right controls.
Running a VIBE Simulation
To run the simulation specified in the file that was just written out create a new item the same way that the ‘VIBE Model’ item was created, but choose the ‘VIBE Launcher’ item from the list now. Again, the form will be populated with some default information about how to launch a VIBE simulation. To use the input file, simply choose it from the drop down menu labeled ‘Input File’. The file will be named the same thing as the VIBE Model Item that was just used on the left side, in the Item list.
Fig 4. Choose the input file from the Input File dropdown menu. All VIBE input files generated in ICE have the .conf extension
Run the Simulation
To run the simulation save the item and then click ‘Go!’ in the upper right hand corner. A console will pop up displaying the standard output from the simulation.
The VIBE Model item can be created inside of the existing project. Simply right click on that project in your Project Explorer window and choose New -> Other -> Create Item Wizard, then hit the 'Next' button and select 'VIBE Model' from the list of all of the available plugins.
Fig 5. Right-click on the existing project to add an item
Fig 6. Choose 'Create Item Wizard'
Fig 7.The VIBE Model item is now added to your project
Similarly,the other VIBE items can be added in order to run the simulation.