Is an RTOS really the best way to design embedded systems?

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Recently I’ve been involved in a discussion on the LinkedIn Real-Time Embedded Engineering group, which I started with the question “Is an RTOS really the best way to design embedded systems?“.

The discussion, which has swollen to way over 600 comments by now, has sometimes low signal to noise ratio, but I believe it is still interesting.

I consider this discussion to be a continuation of the topic from my April blog post I hate RTOSes.

As before, my main point is centered on the fundamental mismatch of using the sequential programming paradigm (RTOS or superloop) to solve problems that are event-driven by nature.

I’m really curious what the visitors to EmbeddedGurus think.

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