Catalogue 2016 - 2017

CPE 355 Real Time Embedded Kernels


3 cr.


CPE 305 or equivalent, CPE 310 or equivalent.

Course Description

This is an introductory course in the theory, design, and use of a real-time kernel for an embedded system. A real-time kernel is the control software that manages the time resources of a microprocessor. Students learn the basic structure and services of a kernel. Topics include dispatching, hierarchical scheduling, priority-driven scheduling, real-time schedulers (including non-preemptive and preemptive), scheduling groups, and multitasking. Students also learn to utilize tasks to describe multiple threads of execution in a computation. Students study methods to manage and control task execution as well as other kernel services. The primary methods of assessing student learning are homework assignments, quizzes, exams, and a term project.