The ESPRIT Long Term Research, no. 9141, HERMES (Foundations of High Performance Multimedia Information Management Systems) is an EC-funded project that will address and solve the fundamental software problems inherent in the design and implementation of these information systems. Important common features of these information systems include the diversity of multimedia data types, the delay-sensitivity and resulting real-time requirements for accessing multimedia objects, the large size of multimedia objects, and their coordinated presentation in space and time. Such features create formidable challenges, which any software solution must confront.

The HERMES project will first survey and analyze the user requirements and technological developments relating to multimedia champion applications. These will be used as the background and as a guiding force for the project.

HERMES will:

The approach will be both theoretical and experimental. To this end, a multimedia server, KYDONIA, will be used as a testbed for the developed solutions. Alternate or complementary approaches may involve the development of detailed simulations driven by synthetic workloads and benchmarks.


Research Unit Responsible
Multimedia Systems Institute of Crete / TU of Crete, (MUSIC/TUC), Greece Stavros Christodoulakis
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche: CNUCE, IEI, CSITE, Italy Fausto Rabitti
Gesellschaft für Mathematik und Datenverarbeitung - IPSI, (GMD-IPSI), Germany Erich J. Neuhold
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, (ETHZ), Switzerland Hans-Jörg Schek