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Real-Time Systems and Programming Languages

Real-Time Systems and Programming Languages

Ada, Real-Time Java and C/Real-Time POSIX
4th Edition

Alan Burns, Andy Wellings

May 2009, Paperback, 624 pages
ISBN13: 9780321417459
ISBN10: 0321417453
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How do real-time systems differ from normal information systems? Which languages are best for implementing different real-time systems?

The fourth edition of this best-selling text on real-time systems answers these and other questions. It provides an in-depth analysis of the requirements for designing and implementing real-time embedded systems, and discusses how these requirements are met by current languages and operating systems. The languages are not only described, but also critically evaluated. No other book on real-time (or concurrent) programming languages covers the same breadth of material.


1 Introduction to real-time systems

2 Reliability and fault tolerance

3 Exceptions and exception handling

4 Concurrent programming

5 Shared variable-based synchronization and communication

6 Message-based synchronization and communication

7 Atomic actions, concurrent processes and reliability

8 Resource control

9 Real-time facilities

10 Programming real-time abstractions

11 Scheduling real-time systems

12 Programming schedulable systems

13 Tolerating timing faults

14 Low-level programming

15 Mine control case study

16 Conclusions



New to this fourth edition:

· There has been a new version of the Ada programming language that has significantly more support for real-time systems development.

· Updated to be compatible with the most-recent version of the Real-Time Specification for Java.

· New material covering the real-time POSIX area.

· Updated section on schedulability analysis technique and EDF scheduling is covered in greater depth.

· Greater coverage of multiprocessor and multicore architectures.

Alan Burns and Andy Wellings are both based in the Computer Science Department at the University of York, UK. Professor Burns holds a Personal Chair in Real-Time Systems. He has authored or co-authored over 400 papers/reports and fifteen books mostly in the Ada or real-time area. Andy Wellings is Professor of Real-Time Systems and is the author of over 300 papers/reports and five books, as well as being European Editor-in-Chief for the journal Software Practice and Experience.

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