The histogram record is used to store frequency counts of a signal into an array of arbitrary length. The user can configure the range of the signal value that the array will store. Anything outside this range will be ignored.
The record-specific fields are described below.
The SVL is the input link where the record reads its value.
It can be a constant,
a database link,
or a channel access link.
If SVL is a database or channel access link,
then SGNL is read from SVL.
If SVL is a constant,
then SGNL is initialized with the constant value but can be changed via dbPuts.
Soft Channel device support module can be specified in the DTYP field.
The ULIM and LLIM fields determine the usable range of signal values. Any value of SGNL below LLIM or above ULIM is outside the range and will not be stored in the array. In the NELM field the user must specify the array size, e.g., the number of array elements. Each element in the NELM field holds the counts for an interval of the range of signal counts, the range specified by ULIM and LLIM. These intervals are determined by dividing the range by NELM:
(ULIM - LLIM) / NELM.
Field Summary Type DCT Default Read Write CA PP SVL Signal Value Location INLINK Yes Yes Yes No SGNL Signal Value DOUBLE No Yes Yes No DTYP Device Type DEVICE Yes Yes Yes No NELM Num of Array Elements USHORT Yes 1 Yes No No ULIM Upper Signal Limit DOUBLE Yes Yes Yes No LLIM Lower Signal Limit DOUBLE Yes Yes Yes No
These parameters are used to present meaningful data to the operator. These fields are used to display the value and other parameters of the histogram either textually or graphically. See Fields Common to All Record Types for more on the record name (NAME) and description (DESC) fields.
Field Summary Type DCT Default Read Write CA PP NAME Record Name STRING  No Yes No No DESC Descriptor STRING  Yes Yes Yes No
The Histogram record has the alarm parameters common to all record types. Alarm Fields lists the fields related to alarms that are common to all record types.
The MDEL field implements the monitor count deadband. Only when MCNT is greater than the value given to MDEL are monitors triggered, MCNT being the number of counts since the last time the record was processed. If MDEL is -1, everytime the record is processed, a monitor is triggered regardless.
If SDEL is greater than 0, it causes a callback routine to be called. The number specified in SDEL is the callback routines interval. The callback routine is called every SDEL seconds. The callback routine posts an event if MCNT is greater than 0.
Field Summary Type DCT Default Read Write CA PP MDEL Monitor Count Deadband SHORT Yes Yes Yes No SDEL Monitor Seconds Dband DOUBLE Yes Yes Yes No
These parameters are used by the run-time code for processing the histogram. They are not configurable by the user prior to run-time. They represent the current state of the record. Many of them are used to process the histogram more efficiently.
The BPTR field contains a pointer to the unsigned long array of frequency values. The VAL field references this array as well. However, the BPTR field is not accessible at run-time.
The MCNT field keeps counts the number of signal counts since the last monitor was invoked.
The collections controls field (CMD) is a menu field with five choices:
Index Identifier Choice String 0 histogramCMD_Read Read 1 histogramCMD_Clear Clear 2 histogramCMD_Start Start 3 histogramCMD_Stop Stop
When CMD is
Read, the record retrieves its values and adds them to the signal array. This command will first clear the signal counts which have already been read when it is first invoked.
Clear command erases the signal counts, setting the elements in the array back to zero. Afterwards, the CMD field is set back to
Start command simply causes the record to read signal values into the array. Unlike
Read, it doesn't clear the array first.
Stop command disables the reading of signal values into the array.
Setup command waits until the
read command has been issued to start counting.
The CSTA or collections status field implements the CMD field choices by enabling or disabling the reading of values into the histogram array. While FALSE, no signals are added to the array. While TRUE, signals are read and added to the array. The field is initialized to TRUE. The
Stop command is the only command that sets CSTA to FALSE. On the other hand, the
Start command is the only command that sets it to TRUE. Thus,
Start must be invoked after each
Stop command in order to enable counting; invoking
Read will not enable signal counting after
Stop has been invoked.
A typical use of these fields would be to initialize the CMD field to
Read (it is initialized to this command by default), to use the
Stop command to disable counting when necessary, after which the
Start command can be invoked to re-start the signal count.
The WDTH field is a private field that holds the signal width of the array elements. For instance, if the LLIM was configured to be 4.0 and ULIM was configured to be 12.0 and the NELM was set to 4, then the WDTH for each array would be 2. Thus, it is (ULIM - LLIM) / NELM.
Field Summary Type DCT Default Read Write CA PP BPTR Buffer Pointer NOACCESS No No No No VAL Value ULONG No Yes Yes No MCNT Counts Since Monitor SHORT No Yes No No CMD Collection Control MENU (histogramCMD) No Yes Yes No CSTA Collection Status SHORT No 1 Yes No No WDTH Element Width DOUBLE No Yes No No
The following fields are used to operate the histogram record in simulation mode. See "Fields Common to Many Record Types" for more information on the simulation mode fields.
Field Summary Type DCT Default Read Write CA PP SIOL Simulation Input Link INLINK Yes Yes Yes No SVAL Simulation Value DOUBLE No Yes Yes No SIML Simulation Mode Link INLINK Yes Yes Yes No SIMM Simulation Mode MENU (menuYesNo) No Yes Yes No SIMS Simulation Mode Severity MENU (menuAlarmSevr) Yes Yes Yes No
Using NELM, space for the unsigned long array is allocated and the width WDTH of the array is calculated.
This routine initializes SIMM with the value of SIML if SIML type is CONSTANT link or creates a channel access link if SIML type is PV_LINK. SVAL is likewise initialized if SIOL is CONSTANT or PV_LINK.
This routine next checks to see that device support and a device support read routine are available. If device support includes
init_record(), it is called.
See next section.
Special is invoked whenever the fields CMD, SGNL, ULIM, or LLIM are changed.
If SGNL is changed, add_count is called.
If ULIM or LLIM are changed, WDTH is recalculated and clear_histogram is called.
If CMD is less or equal to 1, clear_histogram is called and CMD is reset to 0. If CMD is 2, CSTA is set to TRUE and CMD is reset to 0. If CMD is 3, CSTA is set to FALSE and CMD is reset to 0.
clear_histogram zeros out the histogram array. add_count increments the frequency in the histogram array.
This is called by dbNameToAddr. It makes the dbAddr structure refer to the actual buffer holding the array.
Obtains values from the array referenced by VAL.
Writes values into the array referenced by VAL.
Routine process implements the following algorithm:
The device support routines are primarily interested in the following fields:
Field Summary Type DCT Default Read Write CA PP PACT Record active UCHAR No Yes No No DPVT Device Private NOACCESS No No No No UDF Undefined UCHAR Yes 1 Yes Yes Yes NSEV New Alarm Severity MENU (menuAlarmSevr) No Yes No No NSTA New Alarm Status MENU (menuAlarmStat) No Yes No No SVL Signal Value Location INLINK Yes Yes Yes No SGNL Signal Value DOUBLE No Yes Yes No
Device support consists of the following routines:
This optional routine is called by the IOC command
dbior and is passed the report level that was requested by the user. It should print a report on the state of the device support to stdout. The
level parameter may be used to output increasingly more detailed information at higher levels, or to select different types of information with different levels. Level zero should print no more than a small summary.
This optional routine is called twice at IOC initialization time. The first call happens before any of the
init_record() calls are made, with the integer parameter
after set to 0. The second call happens after all of the
init_record() calls have been made, with
after set to 1.
This routine is called by the record support
init_record() routine. It makes sure that SGNL is a CONSTANT, PV_LINK, DB_LINK, or CA_LINK. It also retrieves a value for SVL from SGNL. If SGNL is none of the above, an error is generated.
This routine is called by the record support routines. It retrieves a value for SVL from SGNL.
Only the device support module
Soft Channel is currently provided, though other device support modules may be provided at the user's site.
Soft Channel device support routine retrieves a value from SGNL. SGNL must be CONSTANT, PV_LINK, DB_LINK, or CA_LINK.