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ACM SIGAda Conference Marks 30 Years of Safety-Critical Software


The Association for Computing Machinery

Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession




Washington, DC - For Release October 15, 2008



Ada Software Plays Critical Role in World’s Economies and Defenses


WHAT:  2008 SIGAda International Conference

               ACM SIGAda 2008 features leading researchers, practitioners, and providers of high integrity, secure and safe systems software. 


·    Tutorials:

§         Ada for Real-Time and Parallel Processing

§         Languages for Safety-Critical Software: Issues and Assessment

·    Technical Papers

§         Dynamic Analysis of Ada Programs for Comprehension and Quality Measurement

§         Real-Time Synchronization on Distributed Architecture with Ada 2005

§         Removing Backward Go-To Statements from Ada Programming

·    Workshop

§         Where Would You Like to see GNAT Go?

·    Sponsors

§         AdaCore, Ellidiss Software (TNI Europe Ltd.), others

·    Best Student Paper Competition, Awards Ceremony


WHO: Keynote speakers

·    Oct. 28 - Benjamin Brosgol, Senior Technical Staff, AdaCore – From Strawman to Ada 2005: a Socio-technical Retrospective

·    Oct. 29 - Joyce Tokar, President, Pyrrhus Software – 30 Years After Steelman, Does DoD Still Have a Software Crisis?

·    Oct. 30 – Jean-Pierre Rosen, President, ADALOG  - The Ada Paradox(es)


WHEN: October 26-30      Complimentary Press Registration (except meals)

· Tutorials - Oct. 26-27

·  Conference Sessions – Oct. 28-30

·  Exhibits – Oct. 28-29


WHERE: University Place Hotel & Conference Center, 310 SW Lincoln St., Portland, OR 97201


WHY:    Ada’s track record of reliability, efficiency, robustness and all-around success is unparalleled at solving real-time and distributed system challenges.  Ada is used in space/satellite systems, modern jetliner avionics, high-speed ground transportation systems, and battle automation systems. Ada-based software powers the latest Boeing and Airbus jetliners, New York’s new subway automated train control, European very-high-speed railways, and many other important commercial and military systems.


About ACM

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers and professionals to inspire dialogue, share resources and address the field’s challenges. ACM strengthens the computing profession’s collective voice through strong leadership, promotion of the highest standards, and recognition of technical excellence. ACM supports the professional growth of its members by providing opportunities for life-long learning, career development, and professional networking.  


For More Information:       Contact Virginia Gold  212-626-0505


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