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 COTS 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.


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Hercules final meeting

On February 14-15th, 2019, we will celebrate the final meeting of the project! It will be held at engineering faculty: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Department of Engineering Enzo […]


Prize for Hercules Partner

Hercules Partner Pitom wins first place at italian event “Primavera d’Impresa” for best product, showing Hercules drone application. Click here for more information



DATE: 13th of June 2017 LOCATION: Czech technical university Prague – Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) Jugoslávských partyzánů 1580/3, 160 00 Praha 6 – NEW BUILDING- 10th Floor https://www.ciirc.cvut.cz/ […]

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Project Facts

7 Partners 3.289.000 Total Cost € 2.780.800 EU Contribution € 36 Duration in Months