Time Related Parameters of the Controller and Communication¶
Period of the State Messages¶
We have tested how low we can go with the period of the joint position messages from the controller. We have tested delay values from 100 to 0 ticks. When we tried to go under the 5 ticks delay the controller stops sending messages completely. Other measurement shows that the message generation and processing in the controller can take up to 15 ms depending on the work load of the overall system and the priority assigned to the task. This lead us to select 10 ms period with the NORMAL priority as a good tradeoff. The period is currently parameter and can be set through pendant.
MotoPlus Stop Watch Accuracy¶
The MotoPLus library provides mpStopWatchXXX functions for time measurement, but the accuracy is not very good. The manual state that the accuracy decrease with increase of the length of time measured, but should be less than 10 ms. In addition the usage of these functions is bit awkward.
System Clock Accuracy¶
In addition to MotoPlus API it is possible to use the VxWorks API, which provides system time through clock_gettime function. Accuracy is to be estimated?
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