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3rd International Workshop on Analysis Tools and Methodologies for Embedded and Real-time Systems

July, 10th 2012, Pisa, Italy

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"Today, scientists who write and release code often get little recognition for their work. Someone who has created a terrific open source software program that's used by thousands of other scientists is likely to get little credit from peers. “It’s just software” is the response many scientists have to such work. From a career point of view, the author of the code would have been better off spending their time writing a few minor papers that no one reads. This is crazy: a lot of scientific knowledge is far better expressed as code than in the form of a scientific paper."

by Michael Nielsen

This comment by famous scientist Michael Nielsen in his latest book Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science is even more valid for computer science, and in particular in the research area of real-time and embedded systems.

In fact, the comparison among results achieved by different research groups becomes non-trivial or impossible due to the lack of common tools or methodologies by means of which the comparison is done. For example, different authors use different algorithms for generating random task sets, different application traces when simulating dynamic real-time systems, different simulation engines when simulating scheduling algorithms.

Research in the field of real-time and embedded systems would greatly benefit from the availability of open tools, simulation frameworks and data sets which may constitute a common metrics for evaluating simulation or experimental results in the area.

Also, it would be nice to have a possibly wide set of reusable data sets or behavioural models coming from realistic industrial use-cases over which to evaluate the performance of novel algorithms. Availability of such items would increase the possibility to compare novel techniques in dealing with problems already tackled by others from the multifaceted viewpoints of effectiveness, overhead, performance, applicability, etc.

The ambitious goal of the International Workshop on Anaysis Tools and Methodologies for Embedded and Real-time Systems is to start creating a common ground and a community to collect methodologies, software tools, best practices, data sets, application models, benchmarks and any other way to improve comparability of results in the current practice of research in real-time and embedded systems. People from industry are welcome to contribute as well with realistic data or methods coming from their own experience.

Focus of the 2012 Edition

The 2012 edition focuses particularly on interoperability aspects among tools for embedded and real-time systems, including such issues as: formats and standards for the description of real-time and distributed systems, and for the representation of their properties; interoperability between different execution models; issues related to information loss and semantics differences when switching from one tool, representation or mode to another; use-cases, scenarios and hands-on experiences showing coverage of the development life-cycle from requirements to implementation throughout a chain of different tools; use of complementary tools for modelling or analysing different aspects of the same system.


The workshop seeks contributions on methods and tools for real-time and embedded systems analysis, simulation, modelling and benchmarking. We look for papers describing well-engineered, highly reusable, possibly open, tools that can be used by other researchers.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

Submission of papers

Submitted papers should follow the IEEE conference format (2 columns, 10 pt, single-line spacing) and should not exceed 6 pages in length. Papers may be submitted in either PDF or Postscript format. The papers will be reviewed by the workshop Program Committee. All accepted papers will be made available to all participants one week before the workshop so that contributions can be examined prior to the event.

Papers should be submitted by using the START Conference Manager system. The system acknowledges receipt of each submission by sending an e-mail to the contact author, and it allows to revise a submission till the deadline. In order to submit a paper, visit the submission page.

If a paper is accepted, at least one author should register for the workshop following indications sent in the notification of acceptance, and present the paper at the workshop in person.

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