First Joint IEEE/IFIP Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Software Engineering (TASE '07) (2007)
June 6, 2007 to June 8, 2007
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/TASE.2007.8
Mathai Joseph , Tata Consultancy Services
From the earliest days, designers of real-time systems have had to decide how to manage the hardware-level mechanisms (such as interrupts and multi-level priorities) that have been provided to share the computing resources between competing demands. One approach is to ignore these mechanisms and use software techniques to schedule program segments; another is to align the software architecture with the hardware features, e.g. by dividing a program into tasks or processes that are scheduled dynamically according to hardware priorities. These are two of many possible engineering solutions to the problem of meeting the timing constraints of real-time programs. Looked at more formally, the problem is to prove that the implementation of the program, by whatever method is chosen, can be shown to satisfy its timing specifications. This is altogether harder to accomplish. Proofs at the program level require guarantees of timing properties at lower levels.
M. Joseph, "Abstractions for Real Real-time Systems," First Joint IEEE/IFIP Symposium on Theoretical Aspects of Software Engineering (TASE '07)(TASE), Shanghai, China, 2007, pp. 22.