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2nd International Workshop on Analysis Tools and Methodologies for Embedded and Real-time Systems

July, 5th 2011, Porto, Portugal

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Call for Papers
Elsevier JSA

WATERS 2011 - Call for papers [txt]

Research in real-time systems has gone very far from the initial seminal papers back in the 70s. Many algorithms, design methodologies, techniques and tools have been proposed, spanning several application areas, from RTOS to distributed systems, from safety critical to soft real-time systems. However, unlike other research areas (e.g., networking) there are no widely recognized reference tools or methodologies for comparing different research works in the area.

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. Therefore, research in the field of real-time and embedded systems would greatly benefit from the availability of well-engineered, possibly 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.


The workshop seeks original 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.

The best papers from the workshop will be invited for being submitted in extended form to a special issue of the Elsevier Journal of Systems Architecture. The extended papers will undergo a new peer-reviewing process.

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