Hercules (High-Performance Real-time Architectures for Low-Power Embedded Systems) is an Innovation Action of EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.
It addresses objective ICT 4 – 2015: “Customised and low power computing”, scope b) Innovation Actions “Towards platforms and ecosystems”.

Project HERCULES will provide the required technological infrastructure to obtain an order-of-magnitude improvement in the cost and power consumption of next generation real-time applications. It will develop an integrated framework to allow achieving predictable performance on top of cutting-edge heterogeneous CTOS multi-core platforms, implementing real-time scheduling techniques and execution models recently proposed in the research community. The framework will be applied to two innovative industrial use cases: a pioneering autonomous driving system for the automotive domain, and a visual recognition system for the avionic domain

This Project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 688860

The Pythian priestess then first called him Hercules,
for hitherto he was called Alcides.
And she told him to dwell in Tiryns, serving Eurystheus for twelve years and to perform the twelve labours imposed on him, and so, she said, when the tasks were accomplished,
he would be immortal.
[Apollodorus, Library 2.4.12]

Main Goals

Goal 1

Demonstrate and implement the first industrial-grade framework to provide real-time guarantees on top of cutting-edge heterogeneous COTS platforms for the embedded domain.

Goal 2

Obtain an order-of-magnitude improvement in the energy efficiency and cost of next generation real-time systems.

Goal 3

Provide a homogeneous programming interface to simplify the development of future real-time application on top of heterogeneous COTS platforms.
First Hercules Workshop with Industrial Advisory Board was held in Venaria (Turin), May 9-10th, 2016


Latest news


Article on Tom’s Hardware

Online tech magazine Tom’s Hardware posted an article on Hercules! Find it here (in italian language) https://www.tomshw.it/news/hercules-il-progetto-europeo-che-va-oltre-la-google-car-76914


Hercules 1° Workshop and IAB meeting

On May 10th, 2016, Magneti Marelli facilities in Venaria (Turin, Italy) hosted the first Hercules Workshop and Industrial Advisory Board  meeting. Below, a snapshot of the agenda       […]


GTC 2016

  GPU Technology Conference 2016 in Silicon Valley. We were invited to show a poster on how Hercules applies to GPU-based systems/SoCs

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