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Real-Time Systems and Software

ISBN: 978-0-471-35490-1
224 pages
March 2001, ©2001
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This text is concerned with the specification, design, and implementation of real-time systems, emphasizing software. It takes a balanced approach between theory and practice. Major topics covered are software architectures, informal and formal specification methods, deterministic scheduling, execution time prediction, computer clocks and time services, real-time programming languages, and operating systems. An appendix contains a comprehensive project on air traffic control for additional practical experience.
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Introduction: The World of Real-Time Systems.

Software Architectures.

Requirements and Design Specifications.

Systems of State Machines.

Declarative Specifications.

Deterministic Scheduling.

Execution Time Prediction.

Keeping Time on Computers.

Programming Languages.

Operating Systems.

Appendix: Air Traffic Control System--Project Specifications.


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  • Informal and formal specification methods for requirements and designs, including tables, data flow diagrams, real-time logic, and state machines.
  • Covers principal software architectures, from cyclic executive, to object-oriented, to standard process-based.
  • Predicting program execution times
  • Comprehensive project on air traffic control
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"this book provides a good overview of the issues" (Software Focus, August 2001)
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Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
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