Distributed Real Time Systems


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge of Basic Network Communication and Protocols as e.g. obtained in the courses Communication in Electronic Systems (EIT 5th Semester) or Network Technologies and Distributed Systems (ITC 5th Semester)

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • fieldbus technologies and concepts of communication
  • global state protocols
  • replication of systems for redundancy concerns
  • application domains and their requirements, relevant Quality of Service parameters
  • queuing theory, basic models
  • synchronization issues
  • reliability modeling, including safety, scalability, maintainability issues
  • modeling tools, such as Deterministic Network Calculus
  • network simulation tools (examples include ns-2/ns-3, OMNET)


  • Service models for field bus and their limitation
  • utilizing consistency between automates in a distributed system
  • describing a loose coupled system with basic traffic pattern modeling
  • home automation and similar domain areas in perspective of communication and safety
  • quality of service
  • protocol design


  • identify requirements and select an appropriate communication architecture
  • analyze and design complex networked systems with hard requirements such as providing real time guarantees
  • model system behavior using analytical or simulation tools

Type of instruction

As described in the introduction to Chapter 3.



Name of examDistributed Real Time Systems
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in Joint Programme Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleDistribuerede realtidssystemer
Module codeESNCAK1K2F
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Electronics and IT
DepartmentDepartment of Electronic Systems
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design