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We propose to handle execution duration overruns (temporal faults) in real-time embedded systems. When a temporal fault occurs, the slack time can be dynamically determined and assigned to the faulty task in order to complete its treatment. This mechanism improves the temporal robustness of real-time systems. We demonstrate that an approximate slack stealer algorithm like the minimal approximate slack stealer (MASS) algorithm is a good solution for real-time embedded systems. We validate the feasibility of this approach by an implementation on the Lego Mindstorm NXT platform.
Date of Publication: Dec. 2010