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Embedded software article: RTOS Revealed #3

By Colin Walls

My latest article on has been published. This piece is the third installment of the RTOS Revealed series, which will continue to appear through 2017 and beyond. The series will cover every aspect of real time operating systems.


Tasks and scheduling

In this article, I take a look at tasks, threads and processes and outline their differences. The various types of task scheduling are discussed and some thought is given to the different states that may pertain to a task at a given moment.

You can gain access to the whole series by following this link.

I hope that you find the series interesting and look forward to your input by comment or email or via social media.

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This article first appeared on the Siemens Digital Industries Software blog at