Real-time systems are computing systems that must react within precise time constraints to events in the environment. As a consequence, the correct behavior of these systems depends not only on the value of the computation but also on the time at which the results are produced [SR88]. A reaction that occurs too late could be useless or even dangerous. Today, real-time computing plays a crucial role in our society, since an increasing number of complex systems rely, in part or completely, on computer control. Examples of applications that require real-time computing include


Central Processing Unit Average Response Time Direct Memory Access Application Task Priority Inversion 
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