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17th Real Time Linux Workshop, October 21 to 22, 2015 at the Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Graz, Austria

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October 21 to 22, 2015
Virtual Vehicle Research Center
Graz University of Technology
Inffeldgasse 18 (Room HSi1), 8010 Graz, Austria

Following the meetings of academics, developers and users of real-time and embedded Linux at the previous 16 Real Time Linux Workshops held world-wide (Vienna, Orlando, Milano, Boston, Valencia, Singapore, Lille, Lanzhou, Linz, Guadalajara, Dresden, Nairobi, Prague, Chapel Hill, Lugano and Düsseldorf) - the 2015 Real Time Linux Workshop will come to the Virtual Vehicle Research Center in Graz, Austria. It will be held from October 21 to October 22, 2015. We gratefully acknowledge the offering of Virtual Vehicle to host and co-organize this year's RTLWS in Graz.


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 its 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,
  • Legal aspects with regard to using Open Source in the industry,
  • IoT (Internet of Troubles)

Abstract submission

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

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

Upon acceptance of an abstract by the RTLWS17 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. The full paper will be included in the RTLWS17 proceedings.

Plain text version

The RTLWS17 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


In order to participate to the workshop, please register at the RTLWS17 registration page.


Please refer to the RTLWS 17 Hotel page for accommodation.

Important dates

  • August 2, 2015 - Abstract submission deadline
  • September 9, 2015 - Notification of acceptance
  • September 27, 2015 - Submission of final paper
  • October 21-22, 2015 - Workshop

Workshop organizers

  • Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL) eG, Heidelberg, Germany
  • Virtual Vehicle Research Center, Graz, Austria

Virtual Vehicle Research Center

VIRTUAL VEHICLE is an internationally operating research center in Graz, Austria, that develops technologies for affordable, safe and environmentally friendly vehicles for road and rail. The key aspects of the research and development include combining numeric simulation and experimental verification, as well as developing comprehensive, full-vehicle system simulations.

About 200 experts develop new solutions, innovative methods and technologies for the vehicles of tomorrow in an international network of industrial and research partners. VIRTUAL VEHICLE is currently working in close collaboration with over 100 industrial partners (including Audi, AVL, BMW, Daimler, MAN, MAGNA, Porsche, Renault, Siemens and Volkswagen) and, in addition to our principle scientific partner, Graz University of Technology, more than 45 international university research institutes (including KTH Stockholm, KU Leuven, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, TU Munich, KIT Karlsruhe, University of Sheffield, or CRIM Centre de Recherche Informatique de Montreal). In corporate year 2014, VIRTUAL VEHICLE generated a turnover of 21,3 million Euros.

The COMET K2 program will provide the basis for funded research activities until at least the end of 2017. VIRTUAL VEHICLE directs and participates in more than 20 EU-projects and also offers a broad portfolio of contract research and services.



The workshop will be held October 21-22, 2015, on the campus of Graz University of Technology (room HSi1), Inffeldgasse 18, 8010 Graz, Austria. Please click here for directions.

Program committee

  • Alexey Khoroshilov, ISPRAS, Russia     
  • Andrea Leitner, Virtual Vehicle, Austria     
  • Andreas Platschek, TU Wien, Austria     
  • Carsten Emde, OSADL, Germany     
  • Daniel Watzenig, Virtual Vehicle, Austria     
  • Georg Schiesser, OpenTech EDV Research, Austria     
  • Joseph Wenninger, TU Wien, Austria     
  • Julia Lawall, Inria, France     
  • Michael Haberler,, Austria     
  • Nicholas Mc Guire, OpenTech EDV Research, Austria     
  • Paolo Mantegazza, Politecnico di Milano, Italy     
  • Paul McKenney, IBM Linux Technology Center, USA     
  • Roberto Bucher, SUPSI, Switzerland     
  • Sebastian Andrzej Siewior, Linutronix, Germany     
  • Shawn Choo, Weslab, Singapur     
  • Thomas Gleixner, Germany     
  • Tilmann Ochs, BMW Car-IT, Germany     
  • Zhou Qingguo, DSLab, Lanzhou University, China