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The Spring kernel: a new paradigm for real-time systems

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2 Author(s)
Stankovic, J.A. ; Dept. of Comput. & Inf. Sci., Massachusetts Univ., Amherst, MA, USA ; Ramamritham, K.

A real-time operating system kernel, called the Spring kernel, that provides some of the basic support required for large, complex, next-generation real-time systems, especially in meeting timing constraints, is presented. The approach meets the need to build predictable yet flexible real-time systems. Most current real-time operating systems contain the same basic paradigms found in time-sharing operating systems and often use a basic priority-scheduling mechanism that provides no direct support for meeting timing constraints. Spring uses two criteria to classify tasks' interaction with and effects on the environment: importance and timing requirements. Implementation experience with Spring is described.<>

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 3 )