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FIL3008 Embedded Software 7.5 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FIL3008 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

• Requirements on embedded software

•  Prerequisites for the development of predictable embedded software

• Inter-process communication

• Hard- and soft real-time systems

• Modeling real-time systems

• Schedulability analysis

• Modeling and analyzing systems with shared resources

• Aperiodic and sporadic jobs

• Multiprocessor real-time systems

• Real-time operating systems

• Languages and models for the design of predictable embedded software

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student shall

• have a good understanding of the special character of embedded software

• understand to what extent the predictability of embedded software depends on the underlying hardware architecture

• be able to distinguish and evaluate different mechanisms for inter-process communication

• be able to model an embedded software application so that it can be analyzed with respect to real-time behavior

• be able to use different techniques to analyze if a software application meets its deadline

• be able to model and analyze the effect of shared resources

• be able to recognize restrictions of idealized models and scheduling algorithms and to take practical factors into account

• understand the mechanisms of a real-time operating system and be aware of their impact on development of embedded software

•                     be able to evaluate different languages and approaches to embedded software design

•                    be able to study scientific articles in the topic area and to apply novel ideas to own research problems

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The course requires good knowledge of the design of embedded computer systems, comparable to the course IL2206 Embedded Systems.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • EXA1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Ingo Sander, 087904143

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at EECS/Electronics and Embedded Systems