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The schedulability testing for the deferrable scheduling algorithm for fixed priority transactions (DS-FP) remainsan open problem since its introduction. In this paper, wetake the first step towards investigating necessary and sufficient conditions for the DS-FP schedulability. We propose a necessary and sufficient schedulability condition for the algorithm in discrete time systems, and prove its correctness. Based on this condition, we propose a schedulability test algorithm that is more accurate than the existing test that is only based on a sufficient condition. Our algorithm exploits the fact that there is always a repeating pattern in a DS-FP schedule in discrete time systems. We demonstrate through examples that our schedulability test algorithm outperforms the existing algorithm in terms of accuracy.
Date of Conference: 2-4 July 2008