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Create Spotlight Views

A system being designed in System Composer™ for a real application is usually large and complex. It typically consists of many complex functions working together to fulfill the system requirements. In the process of designing and analyzing such architectures, you must understand existing components and what needs to be added. A spotlight view is a simplified view of a model that captures the upstream and downstream dependencies of a specific component. Use the model below to begin creating spotlight views.

Mobile Robot Architecture Model with Properties

This example shows a mobile robot architecture model with stereotypes applied to components and properties defined.

Create Spotlight Views from Components

To create a spotlight view from the composition, select the DataProcessing component, right-click, then select Create Spotlight from Component. Alternatively, select the DataProcessing component and navigate to Modeling > Architecture Views > Spotlight .

The spotlight view launches and shows all model elements to which the component connects in a hierarchy. The spotlight diagram is laid out automatically and cannot be edited.

Spotlight view with the 'Data Processing' component highlighted.

While in the spotlight view, you can put another component in the spotlight. Select the Motion component and click the spotlight icon.

Selecting the spotlight icon from the 'Motion' component.

You can make the hierarchy and connectivity of a component visible at all times during model development by opening the spotlight view in a separate window. To show the spotlight view in a dedicated window, select Open in New Window in the component context menu, then create the spotlight view. Spotlight views are dynamic and transient: any change in the composition refreshes any open spotlight views, and spotlight views are not saved with the model.

To return to the architecture model view, click . To view the architecture at the level of a particular component, select the component and click .

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