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Open Projects

Welcome Summer of Code (SOC) Students and hackers. Peruse our projects, and if you have questions ask on the RTEMS mailing list or IRC. If you plan to submit a proposal to do something for the RTEMS Project as part of a SOC, see Getting Started for SoC Students for our SOC getting started guide. RTEMS projects span kernel hacking, adding support for a new board (BSP), improving the development environment, developing tests, and more.

If you are looking to get your feet wet with RTEMS then check out our small projects page? where you can find projects that require little coding skill and are appropriate for those new to RTEMS or open source software projects. If you are interested in one of these projects but are not able to code and test it yourself, consider sponsoring one of the core RTEMS developers to do it for you. Volunteering or sponsoring is how things get done -- users keep RTEMS development alive!

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If you are looking for project ideas for ESA SOCIS, then we would like to highlight some projects which we believe are particularly relevant to the space community.

  • Test Coverage Analysis? - Improve coverage by adding more test cases. Eliminating dead code and reaching 100% coverage helps reduce the likelihood of new and recurrent bugs.
  • Simulator Updates - This is a new idea for a project and has not been described beyond what is here. Ask on the rtems-devel mailing list for more advice. The RTEMS Project relies heavily on multiple FOSS simulators including qemu and skyeye. We have multiple BSPs which are tested on simulators. Each BSP will need to be tested against the current release and development version of each simulator. If there is a problem, then the issue will have to be identified (possibly using something like git bisect) and the student will have to fix it in the simulator. As an example of this, we believe some ARM BSPs which worked on older versions of Skyeye no longer work on the current version. In some cases, the RTEMS Project is carrying unmerged patches for a simulator (at least qemu m68k and arm) which need to be updated to their development head and submitted. You will try to get the simulator developers to include RTEMS hello world and ticker executables for BSPs their simulator supports in their simulator tests to avoid future breakage. And you will ensure that the scripts in rtems-testing/sim-scripts are working for the latest version of the simulator. We would also like instructions on running the leon BSPs on qemu. Please ask questions. This is a broad project.

There may be other projects on this page which are of interest to the space community. If you are interested in one that is properly sized, email us and ask.

SMP improvements are important to the space community but, to the best of our knowledge, there is no free simulator for the LEON3 which is the primary target for this community. -->


Most of these projects will take between a few weeks and a few months of effort by a person who is familiar with the general use of GNU/Linux and GNU tools. Many RTEMS projects are done as student or volunteer efforts, so we try to define small projects or subtasks that can be completed and committed individually. Most of the projects are feasible as a Summer of Code project. Since some projects have multiple steps, students should work with prospective mentors to define the scope of work in their proposal. Similarly, some projects might be a starting point for a class project or graduate thesis.

The order of projects in the list does not reflect their importance, difficulty, or feasibility. Our project list is not exclusive: if you have an idea, solicit feedback from the project's mailing list or IRC channel; many developers sit in IRC and check it (and their email) infrequently throughout the day, so be patient!

If you have a new project add it to the appropriate list below, link to a wiki page that follows the recommended Open Project Template?, and briefly (1-2 sentences) summarize the project and how it will improve RTEMS.

High Priority Projects

These projects have generated a lot of interest from users and are greatly desired. These are large or ongoing projects, so definitely ask for help defining the scope of work before proposing to do any of these projects.

  • Improvements to SMP support? - Multiprocessing is of increasing importance in modern systems and we want RTEMS to remain competitive and useful. This is a large project and subtasks should be identified before writing any proposal.
    • Implement or integrate Atomic Operations. SMP code requires additional synchronization primitives that are not available currently in RTEMS.
  • Test Coverage Analysis? - Improve coverage by adding more test cases. Eliminating dead code and reaching 100% coverage helps reduce the likelihood of new and recurrent bugs.
  • Update the RTEMS TCP/IP stack - The networking stack is old and showing it. This project actively underway. At a high level, this effort requires porting the TCP/IP stack and providing support functional equivalents of multiple BSD kernel constructs. This project has many subprojects many of which are appropriate for SOC. It would be of great usefulness to the community to get as many of these does as an SOC project as possible.
  • RTEMS Toolkits - We are defining collections of libraries and support programs which make it easier to get started for certain types of applications. We haven't identified all potential toolkits or components. Each potential component must be evaluated for license and appropriateness for use in an embedded environment like RTEMS. We also should define some guidelines about creating and maintaining these kits. Here are the toolkits areas identified so far:


Testing a large body of software like RTEMS is in a continual state of improvement. There is always a need for more test cases and easier ways to run them all and decode the results. In addition, we want to be able to run all tests on as many hardware and simulator configurations as possible. Testing doesn't sound exciting to most people but when you combine the breadth of what we need to test with our desire for 100% instruction and branch path coverage, you get some very interesting and challenging work.

Some of the identified activities which would augment our testing capabilities are listed here:

Development Environment Oriented

RTEMS applications are cross-compiled on a development host to produce executables that are transferred to and executed on target systems. The projects in this section focus on the host side of that equation. This means they will run on a developer's computer and possibly communicate with embedded hardware.

The following areas have been identified for projects related to improving RTEMS development:

RTEMS Run-Time Oriented

The projects in this category are more focused on the development of software that runs on RTEMS on target hardware.

Run-Time Projects Not Initiated

The following projects have no work on them.

Run-Time Projects With Some Work

The following projects have had some work on them but are not complete. Ask about the current progress on the mailing list. The remaining activities could be large or small:

  • Paravirtualization? of RTEMS to make it suitable to be run as a guest OS in a hypervisor.
  • MMU Support? for RTEMS.
  • TinyRTEMS is an umbrella term that corresponds to any activities or ideas that could shrink the code and data space requirements for RTEMS. The goal is to progressively lower the minimum CPU requirements.
  • Improve the RTEMS SuperCore Scheduler? - near complete
  • more NIC device drivers?

Third Party Packages

This is a list of projects related to third party free and open source software and its support for RTEMS. The following project areas have been identified:

  • Compiling RTEMS with CLANG.
  • Integrate CEXP? into main RTEMS distribution.
  • Mono On RTEMS?
  • Turn the current port of LWIP into a first class citizen. Submit port, make target independent, etc.
  • IDL/COM? Support for RTEMS.

Projects Whose Page Need Updating

The following projects have been worked on and the pages require updating. There may or may not be enough work remaining to constitute an SOC project; many of these are past SOC projects. If you are interested in one of these, please ask on the mailing list or IRC.

Obsolete Projects

Some projects have been proposed that are viewed as being of minor use. This list is meant to provide a way to avoid wasted effort on projects that are not widely desired. However, projects on this list might still be useful to someone, given a motivated individual to work on them.