2013 IEEE 19th Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS) (2013)
Philadelphia, PA, USA USA
Apr. 9, 2013 to Apr. 11, 2013
M. S. Mollison , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
J. H. Anderson , Dept. of Comput. Sci., Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
As multicore computing hardware has become more ubiquitous, real-time scheduling theory aimed at multicore systems has become increasingly sophisticated and diverse. Real-time operating systems (RTOSs) are ill-suited for this kind of rapid change, and the slow-moving RTOS ecosystem is falling further and further behind advances in real-time scheduling theory. Thus, supporting new functionality in a layer of middleware software running in userspace (i.e., outside the RTOS kernel) has been proposed. In this paper, we describe the first userspace scheduler that supports preemptive, dynamic-priority, migrating real-time tasks on multicore hardware, and report empirical latency and overhead measurements. On an eight-core Intel Xeon platform, these measurements are in the range of ones to tens of microseconds under most tested configurations. We believe that this approach may prove superior to a kernel-based approach for supporting a subset of future real-world realtime applications.
Libraries, Real-time systems, Kernel, Multicore processing, Instruction sets, Protocols, Resource management
M. S. Mollison and J. H. Anderson, "Bringing theory into practice: A userspace library for multicore real-time scheduling," 2013 IEEE 19th Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium (RTAS), Philadelphia, PA, USA USA, 2013, pp. 283-292.