The aim of the MINIX4RT project is to provide an educational tool for RTOS courses as MINIX and Linux do for OS Design and Implementation courses.
The decision to adopt MINIX among other OS as foundation for this work is based on:
MINIX4RT implementation focus on source code readability (perhaps sacrificing performance) to let instructors make easily a multiplicity of grade courses assignments, laboratory tests and other academic uses with an open source RTOS. Some interesting projects could be:
A lot of system statistics are collected to make the OS more educational about its operation.
Students can experience with programming interrupt-driven systems and get a deep understanding of how RT-systems work with a minimal software infrastructure.