How-to articles about the use of real-time operating systems in embedded systems.

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How to Prioritize RTOS Tasks (and Why It Matters)

This webinar examines best practices for assigning fixed priorities to a set of real-time operating systems (RTOS) tasks and interrupt service routines (ISRs). Viewers will learn how and why to use optimal methods to allow a critical set of tasks and interrupt service routines to meet all of their deadlines – even during transient overload periods. Lessons learned can be applied to the development of any priority-based preemptive RTOS, including real-time Linux.

Introduction to Rate Monotonic Scheduling

If you've got a lot of real-time tasks and tight deadlines, what's the best way to prioritize them? Rate Monotonic Algorithm provides the optimal technique.

How to Prevent and Detect Stack Overflow

The safety and security of every embedded system is dependent upon proper operation of the stack (or stacks, if there are multiple). If a stack overflow occurs, a major or minor malfunction is very likely to follow. Despite this, the stack in the majority of embedded systems is sized based on nothing more than a hunch. As well, run-time stack monitoring is too seldom used.

Top 10 Causes of Nasty Embedded Software Bugs

Too often engineers give up trying to discover the cause of infrequent anomalies--because they can't be easily reproduced in the lab--dismissing them as "user errors" or "glitches." Yet these ghosts in the machine live on. So here's a guide to the most frequent root causes of difficult-to-reproduce firmware bugs.

Top 5 Causes of Nasty Embedded Software Bugs

Too often engineers give up trying to discover the cause of infrequent anomalies--because they can't be easily reproduced in the lab--dismissing them as "user errors" or "glitches." Yet these ghosts in the machine live on. So here's a guide to the most frequent root causes of difficult-to-reproduce firmware bugs.

How to Port the eCos Operating System

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The first task when using any new real-time operating system (RTOS) is to get it up and running on your hardware. The open-source eCos RTOS makes that part pretty easy.

Mutexes and Semaphores Demystified

In this first installment of a series of articles on the proper use of a real-time operating system (RTOS), we examine the important differences between a mutex and a semaphore.

How to Find and Fix the Most Common Embedded Software Bugs

As if debugging traditional PC/server software or even smartphone apps wasn't hard enough, debugging embedded software adds significant challenges.

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