Zélus is a synchronous language in the style of Lustre  and Lucid Synchrone  but extended to model hybrid systems that mix discrete-time and continuous-time signals. An example is a system that mix a (discrete-time) model of real-time control software that executes in closed loop with a model of its physical environment described by a Ordinary Differential Equations. More intricate interactions between discrete- and continuous-time behaviors can be expressed, like, for instance, continuous-time PID controllers or hybrid automata with several running modes, each of them being defined by an ODEs (the so-called hybrid automata). Zélus provides basic synchronous language constructs—difference and data-flow equations, hierarchical automata, and stream function definitions—in the style of Lustre  and Lucid Synchrone . Continuous-time dymamics are expressed by ODEs with events defined as zero-crossings.
The expressiveness of the language is deliberately constrained to statically ensure determinism and the generation of loop-free sequential code that runs in bounded time and space. Moreover, code is generated identically for both embedded targets and simulation. For source programs with ODEs, the generated sequential code is paired with a numerical solver to approximate the continuous-time dynamics. Zélus’s main features are:
A clock is termed discrete if it has been so declared or if it results from the sub-sampling a discrete clock or a zero-crossing. Otherwise, it is termed continuous.
It is possible to reset a continuous variable defined by an ODE on a discrete clock. A zero-crossing occurs when a continuous-time signal crosses zero from a negative value to a positive one during integration. Conceptually, a timer is a particular case of a zero-crossing event, even if the actual implementation is more specific.
Zélus is a research prototype that exhibits a new way of defining a hybrid systems modeling language based on the principles and techniques of synchronous languages. Its expressive power for modeling physics is limited to ODEs, unlike Modelica which is based on DAEs. Research papers on the design, semantics and implementation of Zélus are available at http://zelus.di.ens.fr.
The implementation is written in, and generates programs in OCaml, which must be installed.
|Zélus, version 1.2:||http://zelus.di.ens.fr|
|Objective Caml, version 4.02.1||http://www.ocaml.org|
The language is experimental and evolves continuously. Please send comments or bug reports to Timothy.Bourke@inria.fr or Marc.Pouzet@ens.fr.
This software includes the OCaml run-time system, which is copyrighted INRIA, 2015.
This software is a research prototype that takes considerable time to develop. If you find it useful, please consider citing our work  and sending us comments.