Next Monday, Bill Wong from Electronic Design will host a free webcast on "Building High-Assurance Software without Breaking the Bank", with SPARK experts Rod Chapman and myself as presenters. You can already register for the event.
AdaCore has launched the "Make with Ada" competition just today: teams of up to four have until September 30th to submit projects in Ada or SPARK which will be evaluated by a jury of four personalities of the embedded software domain: Bill Wong, Jack Ganssle, Dick Selwood and Cyrille Comar. The 5 prices range from a Crazyflie nano-copter to 5000 euros.
RSSR is a new conference focused on the development and verification of railway systems. We will present there how SPARK can be used to write abstract software specifications, whose refinement in terms of concrete implementation can be proved automatically using SPARK tools.
Hristian Kirtchev, who leads the developments of the GNAT compiler frontend, gave a very clear presentation of SPARK at the last AdaCore Tech Days in Boston. This was recorded, here is the video.
The international team developing the SPARK product, usually dispersed across continents and islands (if UK still counts as an Island despite the Channel Tunnel), has gathered the last week of June to discuss the progress towards SPARK Pro 16.0, and beyond that. Here are the main points that we discussed.
After following for two years the very interesting French conference "Forum Méthodes Formelles", I am now part of the program committee, so will report on interesting topics to SPARK users. The next one is on test and formal methods.
On Monday, we had a kickoff event for the ProofInUse joint lab between Inria and AdaCore. The slides of presentations are now available on the page of the event.
The SOPRANO project is a research project funded by the ANR (French National Research Agency) whose aim is to improve automatic proof in specific problem domains where current automatic provers are weak or have blind spots. If successful, the project will result in more proved VCs in the SPARK toolset, better counterexamples and overall easier handling of the tools. The Kickoff Meeting of SOPRANO was held on Wednesday, Jan 15th 2015, at the CEA NanoInnov building.
To mark the start of the joint lab ProofInUse between Inria and AdaCore, whose purpose is to co-develop the SPARK and Why3 technologies, we will be hosting a one-day workshop around SMT solvers on Monday, February 2nd 2015, in the center of Paris. Registration if free but mandatory to attend the event.
Over its 20+ years of history, SPARK has known quite many cha(lle)nges. Rod Chapman, the "face" of SPARK for many years, wrote his account of this piece of history for a keynote presentation at ITP conference in July 2014. It's quite interesting to read after having just completed this year a major rewrite of the technology.