ACM SIGBED Review (ISSN: 1551-3688)
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SIGBED Review, Volume 3, Number 3, July 2006
Special Issues on Major International Initiatives on Real-Time and Embedded Systems


Introduction to the Special Issue
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Special Issue: Major International Initiatives on Real-Time and Embedded Systems

Introduction to the Special Issue:

Embedded and real-time computing has seen dramatic growth in recent years. This growth was underscored by major initiatives in the international arena, promoting different aspect of this important field. In the United States, a major NSF initiative has been the planning for a next generation Internet testbed, called the Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI). For the first time, GENI will offer the research community a national wide-area network that allows controlled access to router code down to the communication fiber. By freeing researchers from the ossification of the current Internet, the testbed will allow radical innovation in protocol design and will support slicing to isolate concurrent experiments on different network protocols. GENI can be a significant boost to real-time and embedded systems research, as it may allow wide-scale experimentation with fundamentally new concepts in real-time communication for embedded devices and control. Concurrently, Europe has made important strides under ARTIST2, a major initiative of the European Union, towards next generation embedded systems. Several research clusters were supported to develop and execute visionary missions for fundamental advances in the area under the auspices of the network of excellence on embedded systems design. Significant advances have been achieved on compilers and timing analysis, testing and verification, adaptive real-time, component-based systems, execution platforms, and control for embedded systems. This issue invited leaders of the above major international initiatives to describe their vision and outline for the research community an agenda of challenges and research problems to undertake in the foreseeable future. The following three contributions describe embedded system research directions under GENI in the US, as well as research on real-time systems and control under ARTIST2 in Europe.

Guest Editors:
Tarek Abdelzaher
University of Illinois

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Special Issue: Special Issues on Major International Initiatives on Real-Time and Embedded Systems

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Welcome to the SIGBED Review. The peer-reviewed quarterly publication provides a dissemination forum for research on embedded computing. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, embedded software, embedded system architecture, model-based design, distributed real-time middleware, real-time architectures, feedback control, low-power computing, sensor networks, security, and embedded applications. Submissions on these and other topics should be sent by e-mail to Tarek Abdelzaher,

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