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A curriculum for real-time computer and control systems engineering

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1 Author(s)
Wolfgang Halang ; Dept. of Math. & Comput. Sci., Groningen Univ., Netherlands

An outline of a syllabus for the education of real-time-systems engineers is given. This comprises the treatment of basic concepts, real-time software engineering, and programming in high-level real-time languages, real-time operating systems with special emphasis on such topics as task scheduling, hardware architectures, and especially distributed automation structures, process interfacing, system reliability and fault-tolerance, and integrated project development support systems. Accompanying course material and laboratory work are outlined, and suggestions for establishing a laboratory with advanced, but low-cost, hardware and software are provided. How the curriculum can be extended into a second semester is discussed, and areas for possible graduate research are listed. The suitable selection of a high-level real-time language and supporting operating system for teaching purposes is considered

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:33 ,  Issue: 2 )

Date of Publication:

May 1990

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