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AdaCore Now a Principal Member of The Open Group FACE™ Consortium

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The Open Group FACE Consortium Member Meeting – AdaCore,
a trusted provider of software development and verification tools for
the Ada programming language, is raising its membership level in The
Open Group’s Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium
from Associate to Principal. This transition exemplifies and reinforces
the company’s commitment to the FACE approach, whose objectives are
fully in sync with Ada and with AdaCore’s corporate mission and product

“In raising our membership level to Principal in the FACE Consortium, we
will continue to participate actively in the definition of the FACE
Technical Standard and ensure Ada’s role in the Safety capability sets,”
said Jamie Ayre, Commercial Director at AdaCore. “Customers, and the
more general community, can be assured of our commitment to supporting
FACE component developers through a number of Ada run-time libraries and

“We are grateful to AdaCore for upgrading their membership level in The
Open Group FACE™ Consortium, and we look forward to their contributions
as one of the organizations who provide leadership and direction within
our multitude of activities,” said Judy Cerenzia, The Open Group
Director, Forum Operations.

Ada is unique in its support for portable, reliable and efficient code,
which are also software requirements underlying the FACE approach. The
language was designed for programming critical, real-time embedded
systems and has a long and successful track record in military /
aerospace projects and in other high-assurance domains where safety
and/or security are required.

AdaCore has been an active member of The Open Group FACE Consortium
since 2012. The company’s contributions include:

  • Reviewing the various versions of the FACE Technical Standard and
    assisting in the definition of the IDL-to-Ada mapping;
  • Working towards incorporating Ada 2012 capability set support in
    future versions of the FACE Technical Standard so that FACE component
    developers can take advantage of contract-based programming and other
    useful features;
  • Serving as a key member of the Conformance and Operating System
    Subcommittees to formulate effective policies and procedures for FACE
    Technical Standard conformance, including operating systems and
    run-time libraries; and
  • Sponsoring FACE Consortium meetings and presenting papers / conducting
    demos at FACE Technical Interchange Meetings.

AdaCore’s product offerings contribute to the FACE approach in several

  • Ada-development environments. AdaCore’s GNAT Pro Ada
    development environment supports a wide range of native and cross
    platforms and includes a variety of static and dynamic analysis tools.
    One of the editions of this product, GNAT Pro Assurance, is especially
    suited to projects requiring long-term maintenance and/or safety
    certification based on a specific version of the GNAT Pro technology.
  • Run-time libraries. GNAT Pro cross compilers for several target
    platforms include run-time libraries for the Ada Safety-Extended and
    Safety-Base & Security capability sets. These libraries are available
    for RTOSes that have undergone or are planned for FACE conformance, in
    particular Wind River’s VxWorks 653 and Lynx Software Technologies’
    LynxOS-178. The libraries help FACE component developers meet the
    portability goal underlying the FACE approach while providing the
    analyzability, predictability and efficiency required in
    high-assurance real-time avionics systems.
  • Capability set enforcement. The GNATcheck coding standard
    enforcement tool can check compliance with the restrictions defined by
    the Ada Safety capability sets.
  • Supplemental tools. Other AdaCore products that are useful to
    FACE application developers include the CodePeer advanced static
    analysis tool for detecting vulnerabilities and other errors in Ada
    code, the SPARK Pro formal methods-based toolsuite for verifying
    critical program properties with mathematics-based rigor, and the
    GNATcoverage dynamic analysis tool for checking source or object code
  • Safety certification. DO-178B/C certification material is
    available for several run-time libraries, and qualification material
    is available for a number of GNAT Pro tools.

About AdaCore

Founded in 1994, AdaCore supplies software development and verification
tools for mission-critical, safety-critical and security-critical
systems. Four flagship products highlight the company’s offerings:

  • The GNAT
    development environment, a complete toolset for designing,
    implementing, and managing applications that demand high reliability
    and maintainability. GNAT Pro is available for Ada and also for C and
  • The CWE-Compatible CodePeer
    advanced static analysis tool, an automatic Ada code reviewer and
    validator that can detect and eliminate errors both during development
    and retrospectively on existing software. CodePeer can detect a number
    of the “Top 25 Most Dangerous Software Errors” in the MITRE
    Corporation’s Common Weakness Enumeration (CWE).
  • The CWE-Compatible SPARK
    verification environment, a toolset based on formal
    methods and oriented toward high-assurance systems.
  • The QGen
    model-based development tool suite for safety-critical control
    systems, providing a qualifiable and customizable code generator and
    static verifier for a safe subset of Simulink® and Stateflow®
    models, and a model-level debugger.

Over the years customers have used AdaCore products to field and
maintain a wide range of critical applications in domains such as
commercial and military avionics, automotive, railway, space, defense
systems, air traffic management/control, medical devices and financial
services. AdaCore has an extensive and growing worldwide customer base;
for further information.

AdaCore products are open source and come with expert online support
provided by the developers themselves. The company has North American
headquarters in New York and European headquarters in Paris.

About The Open Group FACE Consortium

The Open Group FACE Consortium is taking a leadership role in
developing open standards for avionics systems of the future. The FACE
Consortium was formed as a government and industry partnership to define
an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform
types. The FACE Approach provides the open avionics standard and
business strategy for making military computing operations more robust.