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Twelfth Real-Time Linux Workshop on October 25 to 27, in Nairobi, Kenya

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October 25 to 27, 2010
Strathmore University
Faculty of Information Technology
Nairobi, Kenya

Following the meetings of academics, developers and users of real-time and embedded Linux at the previous 11 real-time Linux workshops held world-wide (Vienna, Orlando, Milano, Boston, Valencia, Singapore, Lille, Lanzhou, Linz, Guadalajara and Dresden) - the Real-Time Linux Workshop for 2010 will come to Africa for the first time. It will be held at the Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, from October 25 through 27, preceded by one week public seminars.


Embedded and real-time Linux have been rapidly gaining traction in consumer electronics and made significant advance into industrial computing. Today, Linux runs a wide range of industrial applications including real-time and safety-related systems. This vast pool of technology not only has the potential to improve the capabilities of computer systems in general but also has the ability to include new regions of this world into this creative process. These regions have been excluded so far due to the economic constraints involved with proprietary development models. Opening the door for the creative potential of engineers in Africa, exchanging ideas between diverse technical cultures is an essential contribution to advancing the capabilities of Open Source.

Call for papers

Authors from academics, industry as well as the user community are invited to submit papers on original work related to Open Source real-time systems. Such work may deal with general topics related to Open Source and free-software based real-time systems but also with research, experiments and case studies, as well as with issues of integration of Open Source real-time and embedded systems. 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 systems extending its real-time capabilities
  • Contributions to real-time Linux variants, drivers and extensions
  • 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
  • Tools for embedding Linux or real-time Linux and embedded real-time Linux applications
  • RTOS core concepts, RT-safe synchronization mechanisms
  • RT-safe interaction of RT and non RT components
  • IPC mechanisms in RTOS
  • Analysis and benchmarking methods and results of real-time GNU/Linux variants
  • Real-time networking with COTS
  • Medical applications using COTS and FLOSS
  • Debugging techniques and tools, both for code and temporal debugging of core RTOS components, drivers and real-time applications
  • Real-time related extensions to development environments

Final paper to be included into the RTLWS12 Proceedings

Upon acceptance of an abstract by the RTLWS12 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 email.

Plain text version

This Call for Papers is also available as plain ASCII text. Please use the ASCII form to forward this information via email and to post it into mailing lists. The direct link to the text is

Venue of the Strathmore University, Faculty of Information Technology

Address and location

Faculty of Information Technology
University Auditorium, Phase II
Strathmore University
Ole Sangale Road, Madaraka Estate
P. O. Box 59857-00200

If using public transport, take matatu number 14, which leaves town from Bus Station and goes directly to the entrance of Strathmore University (the last stop).

Street map
Click on the red pin marker of this map to display a street map of the location and calculate directions to it. To learn about Kenya, please refer to the country's official Homepage at

About the Faculty of Information Technology
The Faculty of Information Technology (FIT) is one of the main faculties of Strathmore University. It offers an undergraduate curriculum and graduate programs. In addition, Strathmore launched its first PhD program in 2010. The undergraduate curriculum is based on scientific principles and fundamentals that are applied to integrate technology, information and people to create knowledge that contributes to our culture, economic well-being and quality of life. The graduate programs aim to produce top professionals that offer cutting-edge research, innovation and scholarship. To be successful, the faculty depends on partnerships that start with staff members and students and extends university-wide and to other institutions and organizations in Kenya and around the world. For details, please refer to the faculty's Homepage.

Some snapshots of the University building and the local facilities are given here.

Workshop posters in printing quality are available as PDF in A4, A3, A2; there is also a low-resolution bitmap in JPEG format.


Poster A4 (PDF)

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Poster A3 (PDF)

4.2 M


Poster A2 (PDF)

3.6 M


Poster Bitmap (JPEG)

91 K

Important dates

  • Release of this Call for Papers on March 29, 2010
  • Second Call for Papers on May 3, 2010
  • Deadline for abstract submission on June 7, 2010
  • Notification upon acceptance by July 12, 2010 July 26, 2010
  • Paper submission deadline on September 6, 2010 September 20, 2010
  • Workshop from October 25 to 27, 2010

Organization committee

Local staff at Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya

  • Peter Okech
  • Joseph Sevilla
  • Nelson Ochieng
  • Karen Sowon

Real-Time Linux Foundation Working Group and OSADL

  • Nicholas Mc Guire (Distributed and Embedded Systems Lab, Lanzhou University, China)
  • Qingguo Zhou (Distributed and Embedded Systems Lab, Lanzhou University, China)
  • Andreas Platschek (Opentech, Austria)
  • Carsten Emde (OSADL, Germany)

Program committee

  • Alfons Crespo, University Valencia, Spain
  • Carsten Emde, OSADL, Germany
  • Roberto Bucher, University of Applied Sciences of Southern Switzerland, Lugano-Manno, Switzerland
  • Gerhard Fohler, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany
  • Kamau Gachigi, School of Engineering, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Thomas Gleixner, Linutronix, Germany
  • Nicholas Mc Guire, Lanzhou University, China
  • Hermann Härtig, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
  • Paul E. McKenney, IBM
  • Jan Kiszka, Siemens, Germany
  • Miguel Masmano, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
  • Peter Okech, Strathmore University, Kenya
  • Odongo William Okello, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Daniel Orwa, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Zhou Qingguo, Lanzhou University, China
  • Ismael Ripoll, University Valencia, Spain
  • Georg Schiesser, OpenTech, Austria
  • Stefan Schönegger, Bernecker + Rainer, Austria
  • Joseph Sevilla, Strathmore University, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Martin Terbuc, University of Maribor, Slovenia
  • Peter Theuri, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Bernhard Zagar, Johanes Keppler University, Austria
  • Peter Zijlstra, Red Hat, Netherlands

Workshop organizers