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Increasing the Commercialization & Availability of Ada 95 Products
Partnerships between the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DoE) and 10 private sector companies has been formed to increase the commercialization and availability of Ada 95 products - the only internationally standardized, object-oriented programming language.
Spearheaded by DOE's Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL), the partnerships are part of a broad effort mounted by the Defense Information Systems Agency's Ada Joint Program Office (AJPO). The partnerships are formed to stimulate utilization of Ada 95 within the government, academic, industrial, and research communities.
ATIP-P contracts have been awarded to 10 private sector companies. This completes the AJPO's competitive initiative to partner with proposing organizations to equally share (50/50) in the funding and commercialization of Ada 95 products. Products develop through the partnerships will be available during 1996 and will plug many technology gaps to successfully implement Ada 95 and increase the tools available to support Ada 95 such as bindings, compilers, development libraries, visual work space and computer-based training tools.
The 10 private sector companies and the areas their tools will address are:
The partnerships were formed after a request was published calling for proposals to support the program. The published solicitation called for proposals for the AJPO-sponsored Ada Technology Insertion Program-Partnership (ATIP-P). Through the Program, the AJPO plans to expand and strengthen the commercial supplier base of Ada 95 products, exploiting its features to provide open system solutions in software environments for both government and commercial applications.
Approximately $2 million in funding has been provided to fund the partnerships. The government will recoup its investment through either free licenses or reduced licenses fees for a specific period of time. More information will be released soon on access to the products by DoD program managers.
This partnership program is modeled after the Advanced Technology Program partnerships pioneered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the National Institute for Standards and Technologies. These original partnerships encouraged joint ventures between government and software firms in the commercial sector.
Further information regarding the ATIP-P program can be obtained from the INEL program manager, Doug Colonel, at (208) 526-0204, fax (208) 562-8086, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also the Ada Information Clearinghouse (AdaIC) will make available additional information on the details of each contract award. The AdaIC can be contacted through its World Wide Web connection at http://sw-eng.falls-church.va.us or by calling 1-800-AdaIC-11 (232-4211) or 703-681-2466.
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