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HE1024 Real Time Systems 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HE1024 (Spring 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • 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

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 disposition

Laboratory Work

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

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


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Kurskompendium: Robusta realtidssystem, delas ut under första kurstillfället.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

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


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

Other requirements for final grade

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

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HE1024

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Radu Dobrin,

Supplementary information

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