Supporting the RISC-V Architecture in the SysWCET Static Analysis Infrastructure

Problem Scope

Determining the worst-case response time in real-time systems is a crucial but very challenging problem. This problem of determining upper bounds of the execution time becomes especially complicated when considering synchronous events~(e.g., task switches) asynchronous system~(e.g., ISRs). In the SysWCET approach with the underlying global control-flow graph, we demonstrated the possibility to determine such worst-case response time estimates for an architecture with very limited complexity (i.e. the PATMOS platform).

Thesis Scope

This thesis adds support for the RISC-V processor architecture to the existing SysWCET infrastructure. The main problem addressed in this thesis is precisely modeling of the caching behavior. For example, a context switch, which leads to the execution of a different thread, potentially evicts the data and instruction cache of the CPU. The analysis techniques inside SysWCET need to respect such state transitions inside the global control-flow graph to finally determine safe upper bounds.


  • Fundamentals in real-time systems
  • Knowledge about computer architectures
  • Interest in compilers (CLang/LLVM)
  • C, Ruby

Relevant Previous Work

LCTES Conference
OSEK-V: Application-Specific RTOS Instantiation in Hardware.
Christian Dietrich, Daniel Lohmann; In: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGPLAN/SIGBED Conference on Languages, Compilers and Tools for Embedded Systems (LCTES '17); ACM Press, 2017.
[PDF] [Raw Data] [10.1145/3078633.3078637] [BibTex]
TECS Journal
Global Optimization of Fixed-Priority Real-Time Systems by RTOS-Aware Control-Flow Analysis.
Christian Dietrich, Martin Hoffmann, Daniel Lohmann; ACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems 16.2; ACM Press, 2017.
[PDF] [Raw Data] [10.1145/2950053] [BibTex]