New Book Features Information on RTEMS

The new book Building Parallel, Embedded, and Real-Time Applications with Ada features information on Ada and RTEMS. John McCormick was kind of enough to allow me to use the examples from this book for a SIGAda 2011 tutorial. One of these was a coffee vending machine examples which morphed into variants with a command line and web interface. Below is the press release.

John W. McCormick, University of Northern Iowa
Frank Singhoff, Université de Bretagne Occidentale
Jérôme Hugues, Institute for Space and Aeronautics Engineering (ISAE), Toulouse


The arrival and popularity of multi-core processors has sparked a renewed interest in the development of parallel programs. Similarly, the availability of low-cost microprocessors and sensors has generated a great interest in embedded real-time programs. This book provides students and programmers whose backgrounds are in traditional sequential programming with the opportunity to expand their capabilities into parallel, embedded, real-time and distributed computing. It also addresses the theoretical foundation of real-time scheduling analysis, focusing on theory that is useful for actual applications. Written by award-winning educators at a level suitable for undergraduates and beginning graduate students, this book is the first truly entry-level textbook in the subject. Complete examples allow readers to understand the context in which a new concept is used, and enable them to build and run the examples, make changes, and observe the results.


"By providing an extensive foundation for real-time and embedded systems programming, this book serves a much-needed role for both students and professional alike. Students will benefit from the clarity of the text and the many straight-forward examples. Professional developers will benefit from the breadth of material showing how to harness multi-core and multi-processor platforms effectively, with a mainstream, industrial-strength concurrent programming language. The accessibility and readability provided by the Ada language make it ideal for such a book, even for those not using Ada at present. As the owner of more than forty books on Ada and many years of embedded/real-time systems development, I am happy to recommend this one and look forward to its publication."
Patrick Rogers, AdaCore

Table of Contents

1. Introduction and overview
2. Sequential programming with Ada
3. Task basics
4. Communication and synchronization based on shared objects
5. Communication and synchronization based on direct interaction
6. Distributed systems with Ada
7. Real-time systems and scheduling concepts
8. Real-time programming with Ada
9. Tools for building and verifying real-time applications

Hardback ISBN: 9780521197168
Publication date: May 2011
386 pages
50 b/w illus. 140 exercises