RATE 2013

Date: Nov 12, 2013 9:45 am – Nov 12, 2013 9:45 am

Distributed Embedded Systems (DES) are rapidly becoming increasingly complex due to requirements on advanced functionality, with increasing amount and heterogeneity of the information that is exchanged. This high complexity imposes major development challenges when non-functional properties must be enforced, such as real-time response and adaptability.

In this context, one networking technology that is gaining more acceptance in DES is switched Ethernet given its attractive high throughput, low cost, wide availability, and general maturity. However, when using COTS Ethernet switches, network interface cards and IP stacks, guaranteeing real-time behavior is still challenging due to possible uncontrolled packet arrival patterns that will lead to packet queuing inside the switches and potentially to buffer overflows and consequently to packet drops.

This motivated a strong research activity in recent years towards providing Ethernet-based real-time communication solutions, the so called Real-Time Ethernet (RTE) protocols. These were initially geared towards industrial automation and large embedded systems, such as avionics and train systems, and more recently expanding to automotive, medical and other typical DES domains. Despite the myriad of solutions existing today, a few issues remain open, such as the efficient use of the network bandwidth with heterogeneous traffic profiles, resource reservation across large networks with channel isolation, support of multiple operational modes and online bandwidth management, provision of ultra-low jitter, support for high precision time synchronization, efficient response-time analysis, to name just a few.


This workshop will foster discussion on new and on-going research in the development and analysis of Real-Time Ethernet protocols particularly geared to DES and gather feedback from the embedded systems community at large. Of particular interest are new concepts and ideas for designing, modeling and analyzing RTE protocols and experience reports with practical or industrial case studies.


The workshop will consist of sessions with short presentations and panels for ample discussion. The presentations will be based on invited position papers and cutting-edge work-in-progress reports.


  • Wilfried Steiner, TTTech Computertechnik AG
  • Norman Finn, CISCO Systems
  • Rolf Ernst, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
  • Christian Fraboul, Jean-Luc Scharbarg, University of Toulouse, France
  • Ahlem Mifdaoui, Higher Institute for Air and Space (ISAE), France
  • J. Javier Gutierrez, University of Cantabria, Spain
  • Luis Almeida, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Paulo Pedreiras, Ricardo Marau, Luis Silva, University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Moris Behnam, Mohammad Ashjaei, Thomas Nolte, Malardalen University, Sweden
  • J. Proenza, M.Barranco, D.Gessner, A.Belasteros, G.Rodriguez-Navas, S.Derasevic University of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Sebastian Fischmeister, University of Waterloo, Canada
  • Gonzalo Carvajal, University of Concepcion, Chile
  • L. Lo Bello, G. Alderisi, G. Patti, University of Catania, Italy
  • Michal Sojka, Rostislav Lisovy, Zdenek Hanzalek, Czech Technical University



  • CPS Domains
  • Health Care
  • Medical Devices
  • Transportation
  • Automotive
  • Avionics
  • CPS Technologies
  • Embedded Software
  • Foundations
  • Concurrency and Timing
  • Real-time Systems
  • Time Synchronization
  • Real-Time Coordination
  • Workshop
  • 2013
  • Real-Time Systems Symposium - RTSS 2013
  • Announcement
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