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GNAT Academic Program
US Headquarters:
104 Fifth Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10011
+1-212-620-7300 (voice)
+1-212-807-0162 (FAX)
European Headquarters:
8 rue de Milan
75009 Paris France
+33-1-4970-6716 (voice)
+33-1-4970-0552 (FAX)
Robert Dewar
Sunday, 26 Feb, 2006
Two companies, one in New York, one in Paris
About 25 full time people in each
Produces the only complete Ada language implementation (Ada 83, Ada
95, and now Ada 2005), together with a suite of tools, and a full
development environment.
A commercial product
Used in Avionics (Boeing 787, C130 …)
Medical instrumentation
Space (Canadian space arm)
Many other large critical projects
But entirely Free Software
Freely downloadable non-commercial versions available
GNAT public versions
FSF versions (included in many GNU/Linux distributions)
(but, till GAP, not supported by AdaCore)
GAP Overview
What is the GNAT Academic Program (“GAP”)?
Criteria for success
GAP membership
GAP shared resources
AdaCore academic partners
Coming events
• Promote awareness/usage of Ada in academia worldwide
• Create stronger links between Ada academic community and Ada industry
• Promote use and production of Free Software in universities
Achieving this goal involves several activities
• Creating a “can do” attitude among Ada proponents in academia
• Helping show Ada as an up-to-date language
• Making quality Ada tools available, with support, at no cost, to academia
• Encouraging sharing of Ada instructional material, software and materials
• Encouraging writing of Ada textbooks
• Promoting the linkage between software reliability and Ada
GAP was established to provide a focal point for these activities
Natural step for AdaCore
• Company origins are in academia
 GNAT project at NYU  Ada Core Technologies (1994), ACT-Europe (1995)
 Original purpose of GNAT was to have free compiler available for universities
when Ada 95 became a standard
• Close academic ties (AdaCore/Europe and ENST Paris VI, ENST Bretagne)
What is the GNAT Academic Program
Ada software development tools for academia
• An integrated binary distribution for Windows, Solaris & GNU/Linux comprising
 GNAT compiler (including support for Ada 2005) and toolset
 GNAT Programming Studio (GPS) Integrated Development Environment
• HTML integrated documentation
• Source releases for GLADE, PolyORB, GtkAda, ASIS, AWS, XML/Ada and Florist
• Online technical support, to professors, from AdaCore's team of Ada experts
Website for shared Ada teaching resources
• Submitted by/for GAP members
• Many kinds of resources
 Books and videos
 Slide presentations
 Articles and papers
 Lecture notes
 Programming exercises
 Ada tools and libraries
What are some challenges?
Current trends at universities
• Shrinking number of students concentrating in Computer Science
• Competing languages are not standing still
 Real-time Java, Java 5.0
Job-oriented focus of language selection
• “Chicken – egg” problem to get Ada on the radar screen
Lack of up-to-date textbooks
General lack of awareness of Ada in academia
• Ada proponents are often on the defensive to prove why Ada should be used
“One strike, you’re out” attitude
• Negative past Ada experiences linger and can be difficult to overcome
Criteria for success
Activity from AdaCore
• GNAT Academic Edition
• GAP promotion through announcements, press releases, etc
Activity within GAP community
• Number / geographical diversity of GAP participants
• Number / nature of contributed (and used) resources
Activity from other Ada tool vendors
• Cooperation with others’ academic initiatives
Activity from the academic community
• Usage of Ada in university curricula
 Undergraduate courses
 Graduate courses
 Research
• Appearance of Ada at computer science education conferences
 ITiCSE (Conf. on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education)
Global distribution of GAP by country
GAP members* (1)
Institute of Computer Aided Automation - Vienna
Murdoch University - Rockingham
University KU Leuven - Leuven
Universidad Privada Boliviana - Cochabambia
Brock University – Ontario
Royal Military College - Ontario
ENST - Paris
Paris XII - MIAGE - Créteil
University of Orléans - Orléans
University of Valenciennes - Valenciennes
Université Pierre & Marie Curie - Paris
University of Padua - Padua
University of Verona - Verona
Transport & Telecommunication Institute - Riga
Technical University of Lodz - Lodz
Wroclaw University of Technology - Wroclaw
Rzeszow University of Technology - Rzeszow
University of Lodz - Lodz
University of Porto - Oporto
Stuttgart - Stuttgart
Duisburg-Essen - Duisburg
Jena - Jena
Bremen - Bremen
Moscow State University - Moscow
Tomsk State University - Tomsk
University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Las Palmas
University Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) - Madrid
University of Cantabria - Santander
University of the Balearic Isles - Palma de Mallorca
Technical University of Valencia (UPV) - Valencia
University of Zaragoza - Zaragoza
University of Vigo - Vigo
University of the Basque Country
University of Cape Coast - Central Region
* Status as of Spring 2005
GAP members* (2)
United States
Märlardalen University - Västerås
SUPSI - Manno
Ecole d'Ingenieurs de Geneve - Geneva
EIVD, Ecole d'Ingenieurs du Canton de Vaud –
Yverdon les Bains
VN Karazin Kharkiv National University - Kharkiv
United Kingdom
Cranfield University - Swindon
Aston University - Birmingham
Basingstoke College of Technology - Basingstoke
University of York - York
Vermont Technical College – Randolph, VT
Roger Williams University - Bristol, RI
Naval Postgraduate School - Monterey, CA
US Military Academy - West Point, NY
Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs, CO
Radford University - Radford, VA
University of Northern Iowa - Cedar Falls, IA
Rowan University - Glassboro, NJ
Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Cambridge, MA
New York University - New York City, NY
Carnegie Mellon University - Pittsburgh, PA
Columbus State University - Columbus, GA
US Air Force Academy - Colorado Springs, CO
Oakland University - Rochester, MI
University of Richmond - Richmond, VA
Drexel University - Philadelphia, PA
Indiana Institute of Technology - Fort Wayne, IN
109 members!
* Status as of Spring 2005
GAP Contributions site
Teaching materials
• Books
 M. Ben-Ari, Ada for Software Engineers
 J. Miranda & E. Schonberg, GNAT and Ada 2005
 J. Miranda & E. Schonberg, The GNU Ada Compiler
• Slides
 L. Pautet & F. Gasperoni, Ada 95 Distributed Systems Annex
• MARTE OS: Real-Time Kernel (M. Rivas, M. Gonzalez Harbour)
• Win_IO: A Set of Packages for Simple Graphical Input and Output (M. Gonzalez
Tools and utilities
• USAFA Utilities (M. Carlisle), including:
 AdaGIDE (student-oriented IDE)
 RAPID (GUI builder)
 A# (Ada port to .NET)
Academic partners
“Loosely coupled” relationship with Ada tool vendors
• Praxis High Integrity Systems
 The SPARK language and toolset
• Artisan Software
 ARTiSAN Academic License Program
 Academic Program
GAP/AdaCore serves as clearinghouse for requests from academia
• If GAP member requests information on any of the partners’ programs, we
notify partner of the request
• GAP mailing lists and discussion groups
Coming events
GAP / Ada 2005
• Most important features implemented now
• Full implementation by second quarter
GAP internship program
• Innovative way to match students with Ada jobs
• GNAT Tracker interface for GAP members and AdaCore customers
 Students can browse to see which companies have openings
 Companies can browse to find available students
• Status
 Up and Running
Member spotlights
• Publicity for courses conducted by GAP members
 Videos, course materials
Good progress so far
• AdaCore places high priority on GAP success
 Dedicated resources and personnel
• GAP membership growing and enthusiastic
• Other Ada tool vendors are supportive
Goal of strengthening linkage between Ada community and
academia has been largely achieved
How about seeing increase in Ada in teaching?
• Some reasons for optimism
 Ada 2005 as fresh new technology
 Connection with High-Integrity (e.g. SPARK)
• Probably unrealistic to expect rapid spread, but slow/steady growth is possible
What next?
• AdaCore will continue to fully support and promote GAP
• “Keep those contributions rolling in”
• Keep spreading the news, Ada is alive and well

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