Real-time operating system
Abbreviated as RTOS, a real-time operating system or embedded operating system is a computer operating system designed to handle events as they occur. Real-time operating systems are commonly found and used in robotics, cameras, complex multimedia animation systems, and communications. RTOS is frequently used in cars, military, government systems, and other systems that need real-time results.
The opposite of an RTOS is a GPOS (general purpose operating system). See our operating system definition for further information on these types of operating systems.