First Steps

The Matlab zip contains a number of “.m” files which provide examples of calling the DataTurbine simple API from Matlab. API calls are easily made from Matlab, due in no small part to Matlab’s tight integration with Java.

Matlab integration is part of the standard OSDT Installation.

Connecting to DataTurbine via Matlab

Before you can make SAPI calls from Matlab, you will need to add the “rbnb.jar” file to Matlab’s classpath. To do this, startup Matlab and then at the Matlab command prompt type “edit classpath.txt”. Then add the full path to the “rbnb.jar” file to this file. As an example, here is a snippet from “classpath.txt”:

## FILE: classpath.txt
## Generated from
## Entries:
## o path_to_jarfile
## o [glnxa64,glnx86,sol2,sol64,unix,win32,win64,mac,maci,maci64]=path_to_jarfile
## o $matlabroot/path_to_jarfile
## o $jre_home/path_to_jarfile

Notice that the full path to the desired DataTurbine “rbnb.jar” file “C:\PROGRA~1\RBNB\V3.2B5\bin\rbnb.jar) has been added as the first non-comment
line in the file.

After editing “classpath.txt”, save it, and then restart Matlab (so it will pick up the new classpath.txt file).

To make sure everything is working, do the following after editing classpath.txt:

  1. In a command/terminal window, startup a DataTurbine server.
  2. Start Matlab
  3. In Matlab, cd to the “Matlab” folder located in your DataTurbine installation.
  4. From the Matlab command prompt, run “testrbnb.m”. This executes the server test suite; various DataTurbine source/sink tests are executed. You will see lots of activity in the DataTurbine server window, and at the Matlab command prompt you will see lines like:
>> testrbnb
PASS: open/close test
PASS: testput1
PASS: testput2
PASS: testput3
PASS: testmulti
PASS: multiple ring buffer test

If you are able to run the “testrbnb.m” script as described above, then you are set to try out API calls on your own from the Matlab command prompt. Look at the “testput1.m” file to start. Some convenience functions have been written, such as rbnb_source.m (creates a source and opens an RBNB connection) and rbnb_cmap.m (creates a channel map). You can look at the testput1.m file and try manually executing each command from the Matlab command prompt.

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