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Real-Time Operating Systems Design and Implementation

Real-Time Operating Systems Design and Implementation
type: lab course
chair: Chair of Micro Hardware Technologies for Automation
semester: >=5

Room 001, Building:40.28


Tuesdays 14:00-17:15 (weekly)

start: 18.10.2011

Waqaas Munawar, M.Sc.
Juniorprofessor Dr. Jian-Jia Chen

sws: 4
ects: 6
lv-no.: 24314

<Shuttle>Embedded electronic systems are getting more and more pervasive in our daily lives. According to some surveys more than 97% of all the processors sold worldwide are used for embedded applications. In the year 2005, 20 billion Euros were spent in the EU alone for R&D activities in the embedded systems. It is expected that in 2011 the total expenditure will exceed 28 billion Euros.

One essential property of embedded systems is to maintain the timeliness of the response. Therefore, real-time operating systems (RTOS) are required. For example, a robot has to decide how to react to the environment on time to maintain its stability, and electronic systems in an automotive system should make control decisions in time for safety requirements.

It is apparent that market for RTOS-based solutions is poised to grow tremendously in near future. Therefore, this course is designed to help students understand the kernel of real-time operating systems so that they are able to design timing predictable systems for safety-critical and robust applications, such as robotic and automotive systems.
<Mars Rover>

This lab course introduces the concepts of RTOSes in two parts. In first one, we introduce the theoretical basis of RTOSes e.g. the problems originating from resource sharing and real-time constraints etc. In the second part we put the theoretical knowledge to work with FreeRTOS-based hands-on exercises. Combined together, this course will consist of 13 sessions with five sessions dedicated to theory and eight sessions dedicated to hands on lab exercises. After this course the students should be able to analyse and develop dependable software components for real-time systems using the already existing off-the-shelf RTOSes.


If you would like to take part in this course, it is highly recommended that you register. Alternatively, you can just show up on first meeting on 18.10.2011 at 2pm at room 001 building 40.28. The course is limited to a maximum of 16 students. In case of more candidates, the people who have registered earlier will be given preference.


Date Topic Material
18.10.2011 Lecture 1. Organization and Introduction slides
25.10.2011 Lecture 2: Task Management slides
01.11.2011 no lecture (holiday)  
08.11.2011 Lab 1: Task Management

Question Sheet, Lab Tasks, Virtual Machine

15.11.2011 Lab 2: Task Management with Profiling

Question Sheet, Solutions, Task Sheet

22.11.2011 Lecture 3: Queue Management and Interrupt Management slides
29.11.2011 no lecture/lab (on a trip)  
06.12.2011 Lab 3: Task Management with Priorities Question Sheet, Solutions, Task Sheet
13.12.2011 Lecture 4: Resource Management slides
20.12.2011 Lab 4: Kernel Internals Question Sheet, Skeleton,
27.12.2011 no lecture (holiday)  
03.01.2012 no lecture (holiday)  
10.01.2012 Lab 5: Interrupt Management Question Sheet, Solutions
17.01.2012 Lecture 5: Memory Management, Bootstrap, Troubleshooting and Microrobots slides, slides, slides
24.01.2012 Lab 6: Trouble Shooting + Summary Question Sheet, Solutions
31.01.2012 Lab 7: Micro Robot Systems I Question Sheet, Solutions
07.02.2012 Lab 8: Micro Robot Systems II slides