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Details of the Real Time Linux Foundation Working Group Project

OSADL Project: Real Time Linux Workshops

Real Time Linux Foundation Workshops since 1999

Real Time Linux Workshops

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16th Real Time Linux Workshop, October 12 to 13, 2014 at the CCD Congress Center Dusseldorf collocated with LinuxCon Europe in Dusseldorf, Germany

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October 12 to 13, 2014
CCD Congress Center Dusseldorf
Collocated with LinuxCon Europe

Following the meetings of academics, developers and users of real-time and embedded Linux at the previous 15 Real Time Linux Workshops held world-wide (Vienna, Orlando, Milano, Boston, Valencia, Singapore, Lille, Lanzhou, Linz, Guadalajara, Dresden, Nairobi, Prague, Chapel Hill and Lugano) - the 2014 Real Time Linux Workshop will come to the CCD Congress Center in Dusseldorf, Germany. It will be collocated with LinuxCon Europe and held from October 12 to October 13, 2014.


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. With the considerable increase of computing power, notably with multi-core systems becoming mainstream in embedded devices, the requirements on RTOS are shifting and the tools are again trying to catch up.

In stark contrast to 1999 (when the first RTLWS took place), Linux has a strong position in all kind of embedded systems, ranging from consumer electronics to network devices and a broad range of 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 the real-time properties of Open Source RTOS is a continuous research and development effort. The OSADL has set itself the ambitious goal to document these efforts and it's most effective tool to do so is 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 and 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,
  • Safety related systems using FLOSS components,
  • FLOSS Tools used to analyze, verify or validate safety properties,
  • 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 applications,
  • Real-time related extensions to development environments

Abstract submission

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

Hints for the composition of the abstract

The purpose of the abstract is to provide reviewers with as much information as possible to estimate the relevance and the importance of the work. Although it is well conceivable that some part of the data are not yet available at the time of submission, enough information must be provided to make the given conclusion comprehensible.

In detail, we need i) a statement about the rationale of the research, ii) a description of how experiments, studies, observations etc. were carried out, iii) a summary of the results, and iv) a conclusion to what extent the results will change our current views - or at least have the potential to do so.

In consequence, sentences starting with "This paper will ...", "We want to find out ...", "We will write software that ...", "The results may show ..." etc. probably are not able to fulfill the above mentioned prerequisites for an acceptable abstract.

With the exception that we have not, at least not yet, defined an upper limit of the word count, Philip Koopman's "How to write an abstract" quite well describes our expectation.

Final paper to be included into the RTLWS16 Proceedings

Upon acceptance of an abstract by the RTLWS16 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

The RTLWS16 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 ASCII version of the Call for Papers is


Since RTLWS16 will be collocated with LinuxCon Europe, registration will be handled by the Linux Foundation. Please use this link for registration. We gratefully acknowledge this support offered by the Linux Foundation.


Please refer to the RTLWS 16 Hotel page for accommodation.

Important dates

  • July 27, 2014 - Abstract submission deadline
  • August 22, 2014 September 14, 2014 - Notification of acceptance
  • September 19, 2014 October 2, 2014 - Submission of final paper
  • October 12-13, 2014 - Workshop

Workshop organizers

  • Linux Foundation - LinuxCon Europe
  • Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) eG

Program committee

  • Alexey Khoroshilov, ISPRAS, Russia     
  • Andreas Platschek, TU-Wien, Austria     
  • Bernhard Nölte, IQSE TueV SueD Rail, Germany     
  • Carsten Emde, OSADL, Germany     
  • Georg Schiesser, OpenTech EDV Research, Austria     
  • Gerhard Fohler, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, Germany     
  • Matthias Auchmann, A&R TECH, Austria     
  • Michal Sojka, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic     
  • Nicholas Mc Guire, OpenTech EDV Research, Austria     
  • Paolo Mantegazza, Politecnico di Milano, Italy     
  • Peter Okech, University of Nairobi, Kenya     
  • Philippe Gerum, Xenomai, France     
  • Robert Schwebel, Pengutronix, Germany     
  • Roberto Bucher, SUPSI, Switzerland     
  • Thomas Gleixner, Linutronix, Germany     
  • Tilmann Ochs, BMW Car-IT, Germany     
  • Zhou Qingguo, DSLab, Lanzhou University, China