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High-Performance Real-time Architectures for Low-Power Embedded Systems

Objective

The advent of commercial-of-the-shelf (COTS) heterogeneous multi-core platforms is opening up a series of opportunities in the embedded computing market. Integrating multiple computing element running at smaller frequencies allows obtaining impressive performance capabilities at a reduced power consumption. At the same time, new applications are being proposed integrating more and more functionalities in the objects commonly used for our daily activities, imposing a number of additional requirements to embedded systems designers:
- higher computing workloads, elaborating and fusing multiple sensor data;
- reduced power consumption, allowing smaller batteries and renewable power sources;
- quicker interaction with the environment, requiring a prompt elaboration of sensor data;
- higher criticality, replacing safety-critical human activities.

These converging needs call for “real-time embedded super-computing platforms” that are able to predictably provide real-time guarantees to applications running on top of next generation embedded platforms. These applications do not only require high performance at low power. They also need to provide predictable guarantees. Having impressive average performances with no guaranteed bounds on the response times of the critical computing activities is of little if no use to these applications.
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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/system software/operating systems
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
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Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Italy
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 606 215,22

Participants (6)

CESKE VYSOKE UCENI TECHNICKE V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 344 875
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Jugoslavskych Partyzanu 1580/3
160 00 Praha
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EVIDENCE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 367 500
Address
Via Francesco Squartini 42
56121 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
PITOM S.N.C. DI MICHELE FRANCHI E ROBERTO MATI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 181 109,78
Address
Via Pietrasantina 155
56122 Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 242 943,75
Address
Willy-messerschmitt-strasse 1
82024 Taufkirchen
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARELLI EUROPE SPA
Italy
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€ 329 656,25
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Viale Aldo Borletti 61/63
20011 Corbetta
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)