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ECRTS 2021 : 33rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems


Conference Series : Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems
When Jul 7, 2021 - Jul 9, 2021
Where virtual
Submission Deadline Mar 3, 2021
Notification Due Apr 22, 2021
Final Version Due May 6, 2021
Categories    real-time   systems

Call For Papers

33rd Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems (ECRTS'21)

July 7-9, 2021 | Virtual Conference |

Submission deadline: March 3, 2021 (23:59 UTC-12)


ECRTS is the premier European venue in the area of real-time systems
and, alongside RTSS and RTAS, ranks as one of the top three
international conferences on this topic.

Owing to the uncertain pandemic outlook, ECRTS 2021 will be held
online as a virtual conference on July 7-9, 2021.

New in 2021: no more hard page limit! See submission information

New in 2021: double-blind peer reviewing. See submission information



Papers on all aspects of timing requirements in computer systems are
welcome. Systems of interest include not only hard real-time systems,
but also time-sensitive systems in general (with soft requirements
expressed in terms of tail latency, latency SLAs, QoS expectations,
etc.). Typical applications are found not only in classical embedded
and cyber-physical systems, but also increasingly in cloud or edge
computing contexts, and often stem from domains such as automotive,
avionics, telecommunications, healthcare, robotics, and space
systems, among others. To be in scope, papers must address some form
of timing requirement, broadly construed.

ECRTS welcomes theoretical and practical contributions (including
tools, benchmarks, and case studies) to the state of the art in the
design, implementation, verification, and validation of
time-sensitive systems.

In recent years, papers presented at ECRTS have addressed:

- all elements of time-sensitive COMPUTER SYSTEMS, including operating
systems, hypervisors, middlewares and frameworks, programming
languages and compilers, runtime environments, networks and
communication protocols, FPGAs, time-predictable processors and memory
controllers, etc.;

- static and dynamic techniques for RESOURCE DEMAND ESTIMATION,
including stochastic and classic worst-case execution time (WCET)
analysis, analyses to bound memory and bandwidth needs, and methods
for determining the energy, power, or thermal footprint of real-time

- FORMAL METHODS for the verification and validation of real-time
systems, including model checking, computer-assisted proofs, and
runtime monitoring systems;

- the interplay of timing predictability and other NON-FUNCTIONAL
QUALITIES such as reliability, security, quality of control,
energy/power consumption, environmental impact, testability,
scalability, etc.;

- foundational SCHEDULING and PREDICTABILITY questions, including
schedulability analysis, algorithm design, locking and non-blocking
synchronization protocols, computational complexity, temporal
isolation, probabilistic guarantees, etc.; and

- last but not least, emerging topics such as the use of MACHINE
LEARNING techniques in safety-critical systems.

The above list of topics is intended only as coarse summary of recent
proceedings and should not be understood as an exclusive list of
interests. To the contrary, papers breaking new ground, departing
from established subfields, or challenging the status quo are most
welcome and highly encouraged.

The models, assumptions, and application scenarios upon which papers
build must be properly motivated. Whenever relevant, we strongly
encourage authors to present experimental results (preferably based
on real data, but synthetic test cases are acceptable) and/or to
demonstrate applicability of their approach to real systems (examples
can be found at We encourage
open-source initiatives and computer-assisted proofs in order to
increase confidence in practical and theoretical results and to
improve their reusability.



New in 2021: no more hard page limit! We believe that scientists
should focus on the content of their papers, rather than worry about
formatting tricks and layout micro-optimizations to squeeze the last
few paragraphs under a given hard page limit. ECRTS 2021 therefore
adopts a FLEXIBLE PAGE LIMIT with an expected length of 15 pages of
technical content (including any appendices, excluding references and
the title page) and the option to use additional pages when needed.
To be clear, concision is a hallmark of good academic writing, and
authors are still expected to make every effort to keep their
conference papers as brief as possible to best serve readers. The
flexible page limit is intended to take the stress out of the last
couple of sentences spilling onto an extra page, not to invite
excessive amounts of content that clearly exceed the limits of a
conference paper. See the submission page for more detailed rules.

Double-blind reviewing (new in 2021): In the interest of maximizing
fairness and the meritocratic nature of the evaluation process,
ECRTS'21 will follow a double-blind peer reviewing process. Authors
will submit blinded manuscripts (that do not reveal author identity
or affiliation) and reviewers will not be made aware of author
identities until after acceptance/rejection decisions have been made.
Papers not selected by the program committee for (conditional)
acceptance will not be de-blinded.

Open access: We believe that a conference serves the research
community and the public best when results are accessible to the
largest audience without restrictions. All accepted papers will be
published again this year as an open-access proceedings in
collaboration with LIPIcs (Leibniz International Proceedings in

Artifact evaluation: To improve reproducibility of results and to
encourage reuse, authors of accepted papers with a computational
component will be invited to submit their code and/or their data to
an optional artifact evaluation process.

Every accepted paper must be presented by one of the authors at the
virtual conference.



Submission deadline: March 3, 2021 (23:59 UTC-12) - firm
Notification: April 22, 2021
Camera-ready deadline: May 6, 2021 - firm
Conference: July 7-9, 2020



General Chair
Marcus Völp, SnT, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Program Chair
Björn Brandenburg, Max Planck Institute for Software Systems (MPI-SWS), Germany


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