The MATLAB® Runtime works with a single object type: the MATLAB array.
All MATLAB variables (including scalars, vectors, matrices, character
arrays, cell arrays, structures, and objects) are stored as MATLAB arrays.
In the MATLAB
Production Server™ C/C++ client API, the MATLAB array
is declared to be of type
contains the following information about the array:
Data associated with the array
If numeric, whether the variable is real or complex
If sparse, its indices and nonzero maximum elements
If a structure or object, the number of fields and field names
To access the
mpsArray structure, use the
functions. These functions enable you to create, read, and query information
about the MATLAB data used by the client.
mpsArray API mirrors the
used by MATLAB
Compiler SDK™ and MATLAB external interfaces.
MATLAB stores data in a column-major (columnwise) numbering scheme. MATLAB internally stores data elements from the first column first, then data elements from the second column second, and so on, through the last column.
For example, given the matrix:
a=['house'; 'floor'; 'porch'] a = house floor porch
its dimensions are:
size(a) ans = 3 5
and its data is stored as:
If a matrix is N-dimensional, MATLAB represents the data in N-major order. For example, consider a three-dimensional array having dimensions 4-by-2-by-3. Although you can visualize the data as:
MATLAB internally represents the data for this three-dimensional array in the following order:
mpsCalcSingleSubscript() function creates
the offset from the first element of an array to the desired element,
using N-dimensional subscripting.
MATLAB indexing starts at 1 where C indexing starts at 0.
Complex double-precision, non-sparse matrices are of type double
and have dimensions m-by-n, where
m is the number
of rows and
n is the number of columns. The data
is stored as two vectors of double-precision numbers—one contains
the real data and one contains the imaginary data. The pointers to
this data are referred to as
pr (pointer to real
pi (pointer to imaginary data), respectively.
A non-complex matrix is one whose
Numeric matrices are single-precision floating-point integers that can be 8-, 16-, 32, and 64-bit, both signed and unsigned. The data is stored in two vectors in the same manner as double-precision matrices.
logical data type represents a logical
using the numbers
Certain MATLAB functions and operators return logical
0 to indicate whether a certain condition
was found to be true or not. For example, the statement
* 10) > 40 returns a logical
MATLAB character arrays are of type
are stored in a similar manner as unsigned 16-bit integers, except
there is no imaginary data component. Unlike C, MATLAB character
arrays are not null terminated.
Cell arrays are a collection of MATLAB arrays where each
referred to as a cell, enabling MATLAB arrays of different types
to be stored together. Cell arrays are stored in a similar manner
to numeric matrices, except the data portion contains a single vector
of pointers to
mpsArrays. Members of this vector
are called cells. Each cell can be of any supported data type, even
another cell array.
Structures are MATLAB arrays with elements accessed by textual field designators.
Following is an example of how structures are created in MATLAB:
S.name = 'Ed Plum'; S.score = 83; S.grade = 'B+'
creates a scalar structure with three fields:
S = name: 'Ed Plum' score: 83 grade: 'B+'
A 1-by-1 structure is stored in the same manner as a 1-by-
n is the number of fields in the structure.
Members of the data vector are called fields. Each field is associated
with a name stored in the
A multidimensional array is a vector of integers where each element is the size of the corresponding dimension. The storage of the data is the same as matrices. MATLAB arrays of any type can be multidimensional.
MATLAB arrays of any type can be empty. An empty
one with at least one dimension equal to zero. For example, a double-precision
is an empty array.
Sparse matrices have a different storage convention from that
of full matrices in MATLAB. The parameters
still arrays of double-precision numbers, but these arrays contain
only nonzero data elements. There are three additional parameters:
nzmax is an integer that contains
the length of
pr, and, if
pi. It is the maximum number of nonzero
elements in the sparse matrix.
ir points to an integer array of
nzmax containing the row indices of the
corresponding elements in
jc points to an integer array of
n+1, where n is the number of columns in
the sparse matrix. The
jc array contains column
index information. If the
jth column of the sparse
matrix has any nonzero elements,
jc[j] is the index
it exists) of the first nonzero element in the
jc[j+1] - 1 is the index of the last
nonzero element in that column. For the
of the sparse matrix,
jc[j] is the total number
of nonzero elements in all preceding columns. The last element of
jc[n], is equal
nnz, the number of nonzero elements in the entire
sparse matrix. If
nnz is less than
more nonzero entries can be inserted into the array without allocating
You can write MATLAB Production Server client applications in C/C++ that accept any class or data type supported by MATLAB (see MATLAB Types).
The MATLAB Runtime does not check the validity of MATLAB data structures created in C/C++. Using invalid syntax to create a MATLAB data structure can result in unexpected behavior.
To handle MATLAB arrays, use type
The following statement declares an
To define the values of
myData, use one of
mpsCreate* functions. Some useful array creation
mpsCreateCharArray(). For example, the following
statement allocates an
myData = mpsCreateDoubleMatrix(m, 1, mpsREAL);
C/C++ programmers should note that data in a MATLAB array
is in column-major order. (For an illustration, see Data Storage.) Use the
access routines to read data from an
mpsGet* array access routines get references
to the data in an
mpsArray. Use these routines
to modify data in your client application. Each function provides
access to specific information in the
Some useful functions are
mpsGetString(). The following statements read
the input character array
prhs into a C-style
char *buf; int buflen; int status; buflen = mpsGetN(prhs)*sizeof(mpsChar)+1; buf = malloc(buflen); status = mpsGetString(prhs, buf, buflen);