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2012 IET FC & Umedia

The 2012 IET FC & Umedia conferences are hold between Aug. 16 and Aug. 18 at Qinghai Normal University.


14th Real Time Linux Workshop

14th Real Time Linux Workshop

October 18-20, 2012
Department of Computer Science
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill

Following the meetings of academics, developers and users of real-time
and embedded Linux at the previous 13 Real Time Linux Workshops held
world-wide (Vienna, Orlando, Milano, Boston, Valencia, Singapore, Lille,
Lanzhou, Linz, Guadalajara, Dresden, Nairobi and Prague) – the Real Time
Linux Workshop for 2012 will come to the University of North Carolina at
Chapel Hill in the US. It will be held from October 18 to 20, 2012.

Real-time systems have evolved over the past decades in a relatively
calm manner – performance has increased, one can say dramatically, but
the main paradigms were pretty stable since the mid 80s. This has
changed now. The big change that is moving into the embedded field is
multicore – and that is not an adaptation of our current methods but a
re-design from scratch in quite a few cases – notably of our way of
thinking about real-time. Precisely this area of real-time embedded
multicore has been a long-time focus of James Anderson’s Real-Time
Systems Group from the Department of Computer Science, University of
North Carolina at Chapel Hill, covering a wide range from multicore RT,
embedded applications, testing to certification issues. OSADL and the
Real Time Linux Foundation Working Group gratefully acknowledge Prof.
Anderson’s offer to host this year’s workshop at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Linux in embedded systems is well established, ranging from consumer
electronics to network devices and increasingly industrial applications
including safety related systems. The technological resources suitable
for high-availability, real-time, and safety critical systems have been
continuously expanding and improving – allowing to cover the entire
development life cycle of industrial projects based on open-source
tools. At the core of this development is the availability of stable
operating systems with reliable real-time properties. Extending and
improving these real-time properties of Open Source RTOS is continuous
research and development effort that OSADL documents in the form of the
annual Real-Time Linux Workshop.

Call for papers
Authors from regulatory bodies, academics, industry as well as the
user-community are invited to submit original work dealing with general
topics related to Open Source and Free Software based real-time systems
research, experiments and case studies, as well as issues of integration
of open-source real-time and embedded OS. A special focus will be on
industrial case studies and safety related systems. Topics of interest
include, but are not limited to:
– Modifications and variants of the GNU/Linux operating system
extending its real-time capabilities,
– Contributions to real-time Linux variants, drivers and extensions,
– Tools for the verification and validation of real-time properties,
– User-mode real-time concepts, implementation and experience,
– Real-time Linux applications, in academia, research and industry,
– Safety related FLOSS systems
– Work in progress reports, covering recent developments,
– Educational material on real-time Linux,
– RTOS core concepts, RT-safe synchronization mechanisms,
– RT-safe IPC mechanisms for RT and non RT components,
– Analysis and Benchmarking methods and results of real-time
GNU/Linux variants,
– Debugging techniques and tools, both for code and temporal
debugging of core RTOS components, drivers and real-time
– Real-time related extensions to development environments,
– Linux platform concepts and design.

Abstract submission
If you wish to present a paper at the workshop, please submit an
abstract using the submission page at

Final paper to be included into the RTLWS14 Proceedings
Upon acceptance of an abstract by the RTLWS14 Program Committee, the
author will be invited to submit a full paper in a form defined by .A detailed description of the editing
and formatting process will be provided along with the notification

Further information:

Important dates
July 23, 2012 – Abstract submission deadline
August 31, 2012 – Notification of acceptance
September 28, 2012 – Submission of final paper
October 18-20, 2012 – Workshop

Organization committee:

Local organizers:
– James H. Anderson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

– Carsten Emde, OSADL
– Nicholas Mc Guire, OSADL
– Andreas Platschek, Vienna Inst. for System Safety Engineering, Austria

Program committee:
– Alexey Khoroshilov, ISPRAS, Russia
– Alfons Crespo, University Valencia, Spain
– Andrea Bastoni, MBDA, Italy
– Andreas Platschek, VISSE, Austria
– Bernhard Noelte, IQSE TueV SueD Rail, Germany
– Bernhard Zagar, Johannes Keppler Universitaet, Austria
– Bjoern B. Brandenburg, MPI, Germany
– Carsten Emde, OSADL, Germany
– Frank Mueller, NCSU, USA
– Georg Schiesser, OpenTech, Austria
– Herman Haertig, Technische Universitaet Dresden, Germany
– James H. Anderson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
– Julia Lawall, Laboratory of Computer Sciences, Paris 6, France
– Klaus Reichl, Base Systems Technology Thales, Austria
– Michael Friess, AdaCore, France
– Nicholas Mc Guire, OpenTech EDV Research GmbH, Austria
– Paul E. McKenney, Linux Technology Center IBM, USA
– Peter Okech, University of Nairobi, Kenya
– Peter Zijlstra, RedHat, Netherlands
– Roberto Bucher, SUSPI, Switzerland
– Shawn Choo, Weslab, Singapur
– Shinpei Kato, Systems Research Lab UCSC, USA
– Stefan Schoenegger, B&R, Austria
– Thomas Gleixner, Linutronix, Germany
– Tommaso Cucinotta, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy
– Wolfgang Kuechlin, Informatik Symbolisches Rechnen, Uni Tuebingen, Germany
– Yutaka Matsuno, ITC University of Tokyo, Japan
– Zhou Qingguo, DSLab, Lanzhou University, China

Workshop organizers:
– Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
– Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)

Jim Anderson
Carsten Emde
Nicholas Mc Guire
Andreas Platschek

DSLab team won the third award of Google Android Development Contest

DSLab team won the third award of Google Android Development Contest.


13th Real-Time Linux Workshop

The 13th Real-Time Linux Workshop is held from October 20 to 22 at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague.  The School of Information Science and Engineering (SISE) will relay the conference.  The video meeting room will be open for all students  on the occasion.

Prof. Nicholas McGuire, who is one of the founders of the workshop, helps to bring about a video ralaying between Lanzhou University and the committee of the workshop.  And the Network Center offers the video meeting environment.

The video relay webpage:

(Note: all the time below is the local time of Prague.  The time different between Beijing and Prague is 7 hours.)

The schedule:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

8.00 am – 9.00 am Registration

9.00 am – 9.40 am Plenary Opening Session, see Time Table below

9.40 am – 6.40 pm Free Papers I – IV

Friday, October 21, 2011

8.30 am – 9.30 am Registration

9.30 am – 5.40 pm Kernel Developers Track

Saturday, October 22, 2011

8.30 am – 9.40 am Registration

9.40 am – 5.00 pm Free Papers V – VI and Safety Track I-II

5.00 pm – 5.40 pm Announcement RTLWS14, Farewell
Time Table:

Thursday, October 20, 2011

9.00 am – 9.40 am Plenary Opening Session, Welcome Notes (Room 209)

Time Title Speaker
9.00 am – 9.10 am Welcome note Prof. Ing. Pavel Ripka, CSc., Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
9.10 am – 9.20 am Opening address Doc. Dr. Ing. Zdeněk Hanzálek, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague
9.20 am – 9.30 am Acknowledgments Prof. Nicholas Mc Guire, Real Time Linux Foundation, and Dr. Carsten Emde, Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)
9.30 am – 9.40 am Introduction Ing. Pavel Píša, Ph.D., and Ing. Michal Sojka, Ph.D., Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague

Prof. Nicholas McGuire held safety training in Beijing Aug 6-8,2011

The seminar was hosted by Beijing Shenzhou Aerospace Software Technology Co. LTD.. Other institutes intended this seminar(spectrum etc).



DSLab Summer School 2011 – safety releated system

DSLab Summer School 2011 has been held in Lanzhou University, from Augest 14 to Augest 19. The course contents of the summer school is “Safety Releated System”.
Prof. Nicholas introduced the terminologies and methods of utilizing GNU/Linux to develop safety releated system.



DSLab team won the first innovative award of “Loongson” CAS open source software contest

DSLab team won the first innovative award and Dr. Zhou Qingguo won “The Best Supervisor Award” of “Loongson” CAS open source software contest

The award ceremony of the first innovative award of “Loongson” CAS open source software contest was held on July 11, 2011 in Beijing, China. More than 300 people take part in the contest and 130+ works were submited. DSLab team won the first award by the work “Stepper Motor Controller”. Dr. Zhou Qingguo received “The Best Supervisor

Award”. Academician Li Guojie, Loongson chief architect Hu Weiwu attend the ceremony.



The Teacher Training Seminar of Android Academic Initiative Has Been Held

From May 27th to 30th 2011, the first teacher training seminar of Northwest China of Android Academic Initiative presented by Google China University Relations was held by DSLab. DSLab and Google founded the Lanzhou University-Google Android Lab in 2010. Lanzhou University is one of the nine “Seed Universities” of Android Academic Initiative, and responsible for the promotion in Northwest China, including Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Ningxia and Shaanxi. There were 48 teachers from 26 universities and colleges attending this training seminar. Mr. Zhu Aimin, University Relations Manager at Google China also participated. Moreover, the second training seminar will be held in Lanzhou University in July by DSLab.


DSLab Summer School 2011 – Utilizing GNU/Linux for safety related systems

Lanzhou, Gansu, ChinaAugst 15-202011

Linux was not designed for safety related systems, so why use it?

* Security is becoming an issue in safety related systems (it actually always was but we simply ignored it…)

* Processor capabilities are growing rapidly mandating a rethinking of the federated nature of may safety related systems

* The paradigm of keeping systems un-modified for 10-20years is crumbling technical demands mandate a higher level of flexibility while retaining safety related properties

Using FLOSS, notably GNU/Linux, is not the answer to all of these issues, but it is worth considering, and in cases where it fits it can be a very attractive solution, both technically and economically.

Summer School outline:

* Introduction to functional safety

– Basic concepts of functional safety

– Overview of 61508

– Safety life cycle and its relation to development life cycle

* Safety case

– Safety case types

– Strategies for using COTS/FLOSS in safety related systems

– Outline of possible systems utilizing GNU/Linux

* Linux DLC

– Outline of the Linux development process

– Arguing GNU/Linux for safety related systems

– Limitations and possible mitigations

* Formal methods for FLOSS components

– A brief introduction to formal methods

– Capabilities of the existing tools

– Limitations of formal methods for pre-exiting code


* Project Day

– Exercises based on Linux Kernel




A working experience in C is mandatory the ability to edit files on a UNIX environment some experience with command line work is helpful basic understanding of operating system functionality is also needed.

Special Track: FLOSS for Safety Critical Systems — Embedded World Exhibition and Conference

This special track of the Embedded World Conference on Thursday, March 3, 2011 is organized by OSADL’s Safety Coordinator Prof. Nicholas Mc Guire and will focus on the use of Free and Open Source Software for safety critical systems. For a direct link to the related section of the online program of the Embedded World Conference click here.

Call for Papers – Abstract Submission – Submitted Papers

CfP at: