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LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module Readme

March 2018

This file contains important information about the LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module, including system requirements, installation instructions, new features, and known issues.

Overview

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Limitations on Windows (64-bit), macOS, and Linux

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features

Known Issues

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


Overview

The Control Design and Simulation Module provides tools with which you can analyze open-loop model behavior, design closed-loop controllers, simulate dynamic systems, and deploy models and control systems to real-time hardware. The Control Design and Simulation Module also provides tools to complete the entire system identification process, which involves building mathematical models of a dynamic system based on a set of measured stimulus and response data samples.

Use the Control Design Assistant to load and save models, perform analysis on systems, and design controllers. Refer to the Control Design Assistant Readme for information about the Control Design Assistant.

Use the System Identification Assistant to create a project that encompasses the whole system identification process. Refer to the System Identification Assistant Readme for information about the System Identification Assistant.

System Requirements

In addition to the system requirements for the LabVIEW Development System, the Control Design and Simulation Module has the following requirements:

Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW 2018.

Supported Operating Systems

The Control Design and Simulation Module supports the following operating systems:

Windows Windows 10 (version 1709)/8.1 Update 11/7 SP12
Windows Server 2012 R21
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP12

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

Note  In 2016 the Control Design and Simulation Module dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. The LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use the LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing the LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does My NI ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003?.

Note  Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code PAESupport.

macOS macOS 10.12 or 10.13
Linux openSUSE LEAP 42.2
openSUSE LEAP 42.3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop + Workstation 6.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop + Workstation 7.x
CentOS 7

Note  The LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module for Linux is available in 64-bit only.

Limitations on Windows (64-bit), macOS, and Linux

The following features are available on Windows 32-bit or Windows only:

Installation Instructions

(Windows)

You can install all of your LabVIEW products—including the Control Design and Simulation Module—using the LabVIEW 2018 Platform media.

To request additional LabVIEW Platform media, refer to the NI website.

Note  If you purchased this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.

(macOS, Linux)

You can install the Control Design and Simulation Module using the LabVIEW 2018 media for macOS/Linux. Refer to the LabVIEW Media Readme for macOS/Linux for instructions on how to install the Control Design and Simulation Module.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.

New Features

In the LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module, you can convert your .slx model files into LabVIEW VIs that contain a simulation diagram using the Simulation Model Converter.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in LabVIEW 2018 Control Design and Simulation Module.

Accessing the Help

(Windows) Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible from Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about the Control Design and Simulation Module.

(macOS and Linux) Launch LabVIEW and select Help»Control Design and Simulation Module to launch the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module Help.

Refer to the LabVIEW Control Design User Manual for conceptual information about using the control design functionality of the Control Design and Simulation Module. Open this manual by navigating to the labview\manuals directory and opening CD_User_Manual.pdf.

Refer to the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module Algorithm References manual for information about algorithms implemented in the Control Design and Simulation Module and their corresponding references. Access the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module Algorithm References manual by navigating to the labview\manuals directory and opening CDreference.pdf.

(Windows) Refer to the LabVIEW System Identification VIs Algorithm References manual for information about algorithms implemented in the System Identification VIs and their corresponding references. Access the LabVIEW System Identification VIs Algorithm References manual by navigating to the labview\manuals directory and opening SIreference.pdf.

Finding Examples

Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. Navigate to the Control and Simulation folder to access the LabVIEW examples for the Control Design and Simulation Module. You also can find the LabVIEW examples for the Control Design and Simulation Module in the labview\examples\Control and Simulation directory and the (Windows) labview\examples\System Identification directory. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.


Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

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Patents

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