HE1024 Real Time Systems 7.5 credits


  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide good knowledge about real time system theories and an overview of different design methods with focus on reliability and safety in real time systems. The course will also give the student practice in developing and debugging real time applications using a modern development environment.

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • use modern real-time development environments
  • use a real time kernel to create real time applications
  • explain different process synchronization methods
  • explain different scheduling algorithms
  • explain the CAN bus and distributed real time systems in general

Course main content

  • hardware and compiler requirements: computer architecture, software design
  • real time kernels: timer interrupt, pre-emptive and non-pre-emptive kernels
  • processes: process communication, synchronisation, mutual exclusion, locking and scheduling
  • Porting to a real-time system
  • reliability: fault tolerance and safety
  • derivation of WCET(worst case execution time)
  • design of realtime applications


Laboratory Work


Recommended prerequisites

ML1300 Computer Programming Basic Course
ML1305 Computer Engineering
or equivalent and basic algebra


Kurskompendium: Robusta realtidssystem, delas ut under första kurstillfället.


  • LABA - Laboratory Work, 4.5, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written Examination, 3.0, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Requirements for final grade

Written examination
Approved laboratory exercises
The final grade is based on the two parts. Grading A-F.

Offered by

ITM/Sustainable Production Development


Radu Dobrin, radu.dobrin@mdh.se


Lars Johansson <larsjo@kth.se>

Supplementary information

The course consists of lectures, exercises, compulsory lab work, and self studies.


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2014.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2014.