Embedded Real-Time Operating Systems - EL829

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
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7 15 (7.5) DR M Hossain







Embedded real time operating systems (rtos)

Operating Systems (OS) and Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOS). Embedded RTOS. Software development methods and tools: Run-time libraries. Writing a library. Porting kernels. Concurrent Programming and Concurrent Programming Constructs. Task Scheduling and Task Interaction. Basic Scheduling methods, scheduling algorithms. Tasks, threads and processes. Context switching. Multitasking. Communication, Synchronisation. Semaphores and critical sections. Example RTOS systems. (E.g. Embedded Linux, Windows CE, Micrium, VxWorks etc.). Programming and debugging Embedded Systems. Practical examples and case studies.

Hardware/software co-design

Embedded Processors; Hard and Soft Processor Macros (e.g. Altera Nios and Xilinx Microblaze, ARM). A brief overview of peripherals. Architectural Models. HW/SW Partitioning and partitioning algorithms. Distributed systems. Memory architectures, architectures for control-dominated systems. Architectures for data-dominated systems. Compilation techniques for embedded processor architectures. Modern embedded architectures. Architecture examples in multimedia, wireless and telecommunications. Examples of emerging architectures. Multiprocessor and multicore systems.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Total contact hours: 36
Private study hours: 114
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Practical (20%)
Practical (20%)
Examination (60%)

Indicative reading

See http://readinglists.kent.ac.uk

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1. Operating systems and their advantages to embedded systems design
2. RTOS Basic Principles
3. RTOS development tools and environments
4. Practical RTOS systems and applications
5. HW/SW Co-synthesis algorithms
6. System partitioning for HW/SW co-design
7. Special HW/SW architectures

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