Subject description - A3M38VIP

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A3M38VIP Virtual Instruments Extent of teaching:2P+2C
Guarantors:  Roles:PO,V Language of
Teachers:  Completion:Z,ZK
Responsible Department:13138 Credits:6 Semester:Z


A subject deals with programming virtual instruments based on standardized interfaces (PCI, PXI, VXI). Lectures are focused on application of up-to-date standards for data acquisition systems programming (VXIplug&play, VISA, IVI) and selected software techniques in Windows and Linux operating systems. Assigned software tasks in laboratories are solved using C/C++ language or LabVIEW environment.

Course outlines:

1. Virtual instruments (VIs) - introduction.
2. Operating systems for VIs including RTOS. Development of software applications.
3. The use of C/C++ language for programming measurement application.
4. Integrated development systems based on textual (C/C++) or graphical oriented languages (LabVIEW, VEE, etc.).
5. Standards programming VIs (VXIplug&play, IVI, VISA).
6. Hardware of VIs, influence of controller on VIs
7. Blocks for pro virtual instrumentation - functional and structural types of blocks for Vis, parameters.
8. Programming DAQ modules using registers or device drivers.
9. Multitasking in Win32 and Linux. Processes and threads, basic scheduling mechanisms. Threads synchronization.
10. Integration of VIs to computer network. API for communication protocols in Unix and Windows OS.
11. VIs working under RTOS
12. Integration of VI to hybrid DAQ systems. Time synchronization.
13. Design and implementation of VIs, practical aspects.
14. Advantages and disadvantages of VIs - analysis of development, production and operational costs, VIs resistance.

Exercises outline:

1. Assignment of projects focused on programming VIs integrated to distributed and hybrid DAQ system.
2. Integrated development system for Win32 application (under MS Windows or Phar Lap ETS), introduction.
3. Integrated development system for Linux application, introduction.
4. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
5. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
6. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
7. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
8. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
9. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
10. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
11. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
12. Solution of assigned projects - consultation.
13. Projects testing.
14. Project presentation, evaluation.


1. J. Park, S. Mackay: Practical Data Acquisition for Instrumentation and Control Systems, Newnes 2003, ISBN: 978-0750657969
2. G. W. Johnson, R. Jennings: LabVIEW Graphical Programming, McGraw-Hill, 2006, ISBN: 0-07-1455146-3
3. S. Sumathi, P. Surekha: LabVIEW based Advanced Instrumentation Systems, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2007, ISBN: 103-540-48500-7



Subject is included into these academic programs:

Program Branch Role Recommended semester
MPKYR2 Sensors and Instrumentation PO 3
MPIB Common courses V
MPKME1 Wireless Communication V 3
MPKME5 Systems of Communication V 3
MPKME4 Networks of Electronic Communication V 3
MPKME3 Electronics V 3
MPKME2 Multimedia Technology V 3
MPEEM1 Technological Systems V 3
MPEEM5 Economy and Management of Electrical Engineering V 3
MPEEM4 Economy and Management of Power Engineering V 3
MPEEM3 Electrical Power Engineering V 3
MPEEM2 Electrical Machines, Apparatus and Drives V 3

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