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EU-funded real-time Linux project jumps on experimental new technology

Jun 29, 2004 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

[updated June 30, 2004] The HYADES project to bring real-time capabilities to user-space Linux programs will embrace an experimental technology released just days ago. HYADES is funded through an organization promoting European Union (EU) computer technology advancement, and will begin porting RTAI/fusion to its target ia64/Linux 2.6 platform.

The HYADES Project

The HYADES project is a partnership led by the Thales Group and comprised of various organizations such as Bull, MandrakeSoft, and Dolphin that are interested in deterministic, intensive computing on the Linux/ia64 platform. It is funded by France and Norway through the Information Technology for European Advancement (ITEA) framework, according to Dominique Ragot, Hyades project leader. The project began in October of 2002, and achieved its first release — based on ADEOS — in May of this year.

The HYADES project will now begin efforts to add RTAI/fusion, a real-time technology released just days ago, to its real-time ia64 computing platform.


According to RTAI Project Leader Paolo Mantegazza, RTAI/fusion is an experimental branch of the RTAI project that achieved a 0.1 version release on June 21. “RTAI/fusion aims at providing universal, interface-agnostic, hard real-time support to regular Linux applications,” said Mantegazza. Additional details about RTAI/fusion are available in a release post from project leader Philippe Gerum currently reproduced on the RTAI Website.

According to Mantegazza, “The main objective of the HYADES project is to adapt standard technologies for applications that require real-time response, associated with heavy, parallel computations. In this respect, RTAI/fusion will provide a means to keep the standard Linux programming model for applications that need a high degree of determinism in user-space.”

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