Advanced Real-Time Systems


CIS 6930 Advanced Topics in Computer Science
Advanced Real-Time Systems



  1. Instructor Contact Information
  2. On-Campus Meetings
  3. Course Description
  4. Prerequisites
  5. Readings
  6. Assignments & Grading
  7. Academic Honor Code
  8. Accommodation for Disabilities
  9. Communication

Instructor Contact Information

Class Meetings

Day(s)Time of DayLocation
MWF9:05AM103 Love Building

Course Description

This course is intended for students who already have a general knowledge of real time systems at the level of COP 4613. It will go into depth on a set of recent research papers, on active research topics. It will be organized along the lines of a seminar. There will be a set of papers assigned for the group to read. All students will be expected to read all the papers. Individual students will be assigned specific research papers to present to the group. The instructor will start the term by presenting talks on some of the papers, while the students prepare their own presentations. The students will then present the papers they have prepared to the entire group.

The course objectives are to bring students up to a point that they have a knowledge of recent research on some topics in real time systems, are able to read and think critically about a research paper, are able to assimilate and orally communicate the content of a research paper, and are prepared, if they are interested, to continue with individual readinds and research.

This term the central topic will be multiprocessor real-time scheduling and resource management. We may also look into real-time device driver architectures.


The formal prerequisite for this course is COP 4613 Real Time Systems, or a similar introductory course in Real Time Systems.


The actual set of readings will be chosen after the next meeting of the IEEE Real Time Systems Symposium, which is held in the first week of December, so that we can read some of the papers presented at that conference. In addition, we will cover some of the following papers, which are related to the current research interests of the instructor and other FSU faculty members in real time systems.

Assignments & Grading

Students in the course will be expected to read the assigned papers, at a rate of one to three papers per week (depending on the length and difficulty of the papers), deliver prepared presentations (with PowerPoint or other visual aids), contribute to discussions of the papers, and write short (one or two pages) evaluative summaries of the papers. The number of papers presented by each student will depend on the number of students participating in the class.

Each paper summary will identify strengths and weaknesses of the paper, along with ideas for further research raised by the paper. It should represent the analytical thoughts of the student on the paper. Mere compilation of quotations or paraphrasing of the paper will not suffice. (Extra credit will be granted for any student who goes beyond these summary requirements, and develops an original research idea based on the papers in the course.)

Grading will be based on the quality of daily class participation (30%), individual presentations and supporting visual aids (40%), and the paper summaries (30%).

Academic Honor Code

Like other courses at FSU, in this course the FSU Academic Honor Code applies. I this course, students are encouraged to discuss the papers with other students, both in and out of class, but the preparation of presentations and the paper summaries is expected to be done individually. In particular, plagiarism of paper summaries will not be tolerated.

Accommodation for Disabilities

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should:

  1. Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC).
  2. Bring a letter to the me from the SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the Assistant Dean of Students:

Student Disability Resource Center
08 Kellum Hall
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4066

phone: (850) 644-9566.


If you are experiencing difficulty or are concerned about your progress, please contact me right away. Problems are usually easier to solve when they are addressed early.

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