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1 GNAT Academic Program Robert Dewar FOSDEM Brussels Sunday, 26 Feb, 2006 Presentation cover page EU 104 Fifth Avenue, 15 th Floor New York, NY (voice) (FAX) US Headquarters: 8 rue de Milan Paris France (voice) (FAX) European Headquarters:

2 1 AdaCore 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)

3 2 GAP Overview Perspective What is the GNAT Academic Program (“GAP”)? Challenges Criteria for success GAP membership GAP shared resources AdaCore academic partners Coming events Conclusions

4 3 Perspective Goals 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)

5 4 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 Support 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

6 5 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

7 6 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  SIGCSE  ITiCSE (Conf. on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education)

8 7 Global distribution of GAP by country

9 8 GAP members* (1) Austria Institute of Computer Aided Automation - Vienna Australia Murdoch University - Rockingham Belgium University KU Leuven - Leuven Bolivia Universidad Privada Boliviana - Cochabambia Canada Brock University – Ontario Royal Military College - Ontario France ENST - Paris INPG-ENSIMAG - Grenoble Paris XII - MIAGE - Créteil University of Orléans - Orléans University of Valenciennes - Valenciennes Université Pierre & Marie Curie - Paris Germany University of Stuttgart - Stuttgart University of Duisburg-Essen - Duisburg University of Jena - Jena University of Bremen - Bremen Ghana University of Cape Coast - Central Region Italy University of Padua - Padua University of Verona - Verona Latvia Transport & Telecommunication Institute - Riga Poland Technical University of Lodz - Lodz Wroclaw University of Technology - Wroclaw Rzeszow University of Technology - Rzeszow University of Lodz - Lodz Portugal University of Porto - Oporto Russia Moscow State University - Moscow Tomsk State University - Tomsk Spain 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 * Status as of Spring 2005

10 9 GAP members* (2) Sweden Märlardalen University - Västerås Switzerland SUPSI - Manno Ecole d'Ingenieurs de Geneve - Geneva EIVD, Ecole d'Ingenieurs du Canton de Vaud – Yverdon les Bains Ukraine VN Karazin Kharkiv National University - Kharkiv United Kingdom Cranfield University - Swindon Aston University - Birmingham Basingstoke College of Technology - Basingstoke University of York - York United States 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 * Status as of Spring 2005 Currently 109 members!

11 10 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 Libraries MARTE OS: Real-Time Kernel (M. Rivas, M. Gonzalez Harbour) Win_IO: A Set of Packages for Simple Graphical Input and Output (M. Gonzalez Harbour) Tools and utilities USAFA Utilities (M. Carlisle), including:  AdaGIDE (student-oriented IDE)  RAPID (GUI builder)  A# (Ada port to.NET)

12 11 Academic partners “Loosely coupled” relationship with Ada tool vendors Praxis High Integrity Systems  The SPARK language and toolset Artisan Software  ARTiSAN Academic License Program IPL  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

13 12 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

14 13 Conclusions 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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