Important Dates:

April 16, 2020
Submission Deadline

May 13, 2020
Acceptance Notification

May 28, 2020
Submission of camera-ready papers

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July 07-10, 2020
ECRTS Conference

Important Links:

Call for contributions [TXT|PDF]

Contribution formats & details

Submission instructions

Workshop Chairs:

Daniel Lohmann
Leibniz Universität Hannover

Renato Mancuso
Boston University

Program Committee:

Wolfgang Mauerer
OTH Regensburg

Richard West
Boston University

Harini Ramparsad
UNC Charlotte

Peter Ulbrich
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Hyoseung Kim
UC Riverside

Mohamed Hassan
McMaster University

Rudolfo Pellizzoni
University of Waterloo

Michal Sojka
Czech Technical University in Prague

Hiren Patel
University of Waterloo

Eduardo Tovar
Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Bryan Ward
MIT Lincoln Lab


OSPERT 2020 is a satellite workshop of the 32nd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS 2020), the premier European venue for presenting research into the broad area of real-time and embedded systems. OSPERT is open to all topics related to providing a reliable operating environment for real-time and embedded applications.


Embedded systems are undergoing a profound transformation with the goal of delivering higher performance for next-generation real-time systems. Following this trend, research on innovative RTOS architectures and advanced resource management techniques continues to be a hot topic. Developers of embedded RTOSs are faced with many challenges arising from two opposite needs: on the one hand there is a need for extreme resource usage optimization (processor cycles, cache and memory footprint, energy, network bandwidth, etc.), and on the other hand there are also increasing demands in terms of scalability, flexibility, isolation, adaptivity, reconfigurability, predictability, serviceability, and certifiability, to name a few. Further, while special-purpose RTOSs continue to be used for many embedded applications, real-time services are also increasingly introduced and used in general-purpose operating systems and cloud environments, where “tail latency” and QoS are a concern. The resulting market pressure continues to blur the line between the two formerly distinct classes of operating systems. Notable examples are the various flavors of real-time Linux that support time-sensitive applications, the emergence of commercial and open-source real-time hypervisors, as well as the growth in features and scope of embedded OS and middleware specifications such as AUTOSAR.

OSPERT is dedicated to the advances in RTOS technology required to address these trends. As such, areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Case studies and experience reports
  • Consolidation of real-time and best-effort work on embedded platforms
  • Certification and verification of RTOSs and middleware
  • Coordinated management of multiple resources
  • Dynamic reconfiguration and upgrading
  • Empirical comparisons and evaluations of RTOSs
  • Flexible processor, memory, and I/O scheduling
  • Interaction with reconfigurable hardware
  • Operating system standards (e.g., AUTOSAR, ARINC, POSIX, etc.)
  • Power and energy management
  • Quality of Service guarantees
  • Real-time Linux variants
  • Real-time virtualization and hypervisors
  • RTOSs for manycore platforms
  • Scalability, from very small scale embedded systems to full-fledged RTOSs
  • Security and fault tolerance for embedded real-time systems
  • Support for multiprocessor architectures
  • Support for component-based development


OSPERT is a forum for researchers and engineers working on (and with) Real-Time Operating Systems (RTOSs) to present recent advances in RTOS technology, to promote new and existing initiatives and projects, and to identify and discuss the challenges that lie ahead. The workshop, now in its eleventh year, provides the RTOS community with an opportunity to meet, to exchange ideas, to network, and to discuss future directions.

OSPERT’20 strives for an inclusive and diverse program and solicits a range of varied contributions. To this end, the following types of submissions are sought:

  1. proposals for technical presentations (including talks on open problems, demos & tutorials, calls to action, etc.);
  2. proposals for reports on empirical experiments (including replication studies, preliminary experiments, and experience reports); and
  3. technical papers (short papers and full workshop papers).

The submission of a full paper is not required to present work at OSPERT. See the detailed description of the different types of contributions and the submission instructions for details.

Further information:


Kate Stewart (The Linux Foundation) is giving a keynote about Zephyr, the open-source RTOS of the Linux Foundation that is currently getting a lot of momentum.