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OSADL Project: Real Time Linux Workshops

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18th Real Time Linux Workshop and 7th Real Time Linux Summit, October 19 to 21, 2017 at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic

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October 19 to 21, 2017
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Technická 2
2nd and 3rd floor
Czech Technical University in Prague
Czech Republic
(GPS 50°6'8.892"N, 14°23'33.654"E)

Following the meetings of academics, developers and users of real-time and embedded Linux at the previous 17 real-time Linux workshops held world-wide – the Real Time Linux Workshop will come back to the Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic and is held from October 19 to 20, 2017 followed by the Real Time Linux Summit, a discussion focused single-track event on October 21.


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. With the real-time preemption patch set moving into mainline there is nothing left to do – all problems solved … or not quite yet.

Developing a rigorous theory is important – relating these to reality is equally important. This is where CTU's research group has much experience to offer. The focus on system properties be it real-time or security and extending this into functional safety in the past years, form a good background for hosting this gathering of real-life systems developers.

Research interests of our host, Prof. Hanzalek and his group, focus, among others, on:

  • Real-time systems and networking
  • Combinatorial optimization and time-triggered scheduling
  • Autonomous cars and other automotive applications
  • Open Source (not "only" GNU/Linux)

FLOSS 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 together with Linux Foundation's annual Real Time Linux Summit.

The below call for paper exclusively refers to the Real Time Linux Workshop. The Real Time Linux Summit is an add-on event to RTLWS held on October 21, focused on the real-time preemption patch set and the activities around it which has a separate call for presentation.

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:

  • FLOSS based real-time system solutions
  • 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, synchronization, IPC mechanisms or resource allocators
  • Analysis and benchmarking methods and results of real-time FLOSS and GNU/Linux variants including comparisons
  • 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
  • Real-time and virtualization

Abstract submission and final paper

We invite you to either submit an abstract as proposal for a Work-in-Progress (WiP) or an abstract as proposal for a full paper. Authors of WiP presentations will get the opportunity to present their work in a 30-minute talk, authors of a full paper will be awarded with a 60-minute time slot. When submitting an abstract as proposal for a full paper authors confirm that they are willing to prepare a paper adhering to the form defined by the RTLWS paper template, which can be downloaded here, upon acceptance of the proposal and to submit it meeting the paper submission deadline given below. A detailed description of the editing and formatting process will be provided along with the acceptance notification email. The full paper will be included in the RTLWS18 proceedings.

Please use this form to submit your abstract proposal.

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.

Plain text version

The RTLWS18 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

Important dates

  • June 30, 2017 Abstract submission deadline ---> extended until July 14, 2017
  • July 21, 2017 Notification of acceptance ---> extended until August 4, 2017
  • September 29, 2017 Paper submission deadline (full papers only)

Organization committee

  • Michal Sojka, CTU, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Pavel Píša, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Carsten Emde, OSADL
  • Andreas Platschek, OpenTech EDV Research, Austria
  • Nicholas Mc Guire, Lanzhou University, China
  • Thomas Gleixner, Linux Foundation RTL Collaborative Project lead

Program committee

  • Alexey Khoroshilov, ISPRAS, Russia
  • Andreas Platschek, OpenTech EDV Research, Austria
  • Bernhard Nölte, IQSE TueV SueD Rail, Germany
  • Carsten Emde, OSADL
  • Christian Schwarzl, Virtual Vehicle, Austria
  • Darren Hart, VMware, USA
  • Helmut Martin, Virtual Vehicle, Austria
  • Jan Kiszka, Siemens, Germany
  • Julia Cartwright, National Instruments, USA
  • Julia Lawall, Inria, France
  • Marcus Völp, SnT, Uni Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Michal Sojka, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Nicholas Mc Guire, Lanzhou University, China
  • Thomas Fischer, FH Campus Wien, Austria
  • Thomas Gleixner, Linutronix, Germany
  • Pavel Píša, Czech Technical University in Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Peter Okech, University of Nairobi, Kenya
  • Philippe Gerum,, France
  • Ralf Ramsauer, OTH Regensburg, Germany
  • Roberto Bucher, Scuola Universitaria Professionale della Svizzera Italiana, SUPSI, Switzerland
  • Zhou Qingguo, Lanzhou University, China

Workshop organizers

  • Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)
  • The RTL Collaborative Project of the Linux Foundation
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering at Czech Technical University in Prague