Program for Tuesday, 13 March 2001

Our Next Joint Meeting with the Baltimore SIGAda Chapter
is scheduled for
Tuesday, 13 March 2001 at 7:30 P.M.
Greg Gicca
from AONIX
will be speaking on
FAA DO-178B (for Safety Critical Software) and Aonix Support
at the Baltimore SIGAda Venue
(Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland)
for a joint meeting with the Baltimore SIGAda Chapter


To Members and Friends of DC SIGAda

Next Meeting:

Our Next Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, 13 March 2001, as a Joint Meeting of the Baltimore and DC SIGAda Chapters. Greg Gicca, from AONIX will be speaking on FAA DO-178B and Aonix Support

The presentation will start at 7:30 P.M. (Refreshments and Social at 7:00 P.M.) at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland

A deli tray and soft drinks will be served at 7:00 PM, the general meeting will start at 7:30 PM, followed by the program.

Abstract: FAA DO-178B Details then Short Overview of Aonix Tool Support

The FAA's DO-178B is the commercial avionics safety critical standard. It defines safety levels of criticality for commercial avionics systems and the processes to follow to try and ensure that these systems are safe. It is one of the strictest safety critical standards in use in industry today. It is also referenced as a baseline by many other safety critical standards in other industries such as high speed rail, nuclear shutdown systems, etc. This talk will present an overview of the standard, the safety levels it defines, provide details on the processes it requires, required testing, etc. The talk will conclude with a brief overview of Aonix products designed to meet this standards requirements as an off-the-shelf product, following the Ravenscar profile.

Presenter: Greg Gicca

Greg Gicca is the product manager for the Aonix Ada product line. He has worked for Aonix (under its various names) for approximately 15 years. He was an active member in the Ada community in the earlier years. He was a member of the APSE E&V Team as a distinguished reviewer and a principle reviewer of the then ACEC now renamed ACES. Prior to joining Aonix he was a member of the Ada Technology Group at Lockheed Sanders and developed internal Ada oriented standards for that company. He was their representative to the SPC on the Reuse Working Group. During this time he also published a paper on S/W Reuse strategies and systems and a paper on Ada oriented common command line interfaces. Prior to this he worked as an engineer on the GTE WIS SDME APSE.

He has a degree in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Computer Engineering (1 course short of dual degree) from Southeastern Massachusetts University.

He can be reached by e-mail at: gicca@aonix.com.

Please RSVP

Please RSVP to Charlene Hines at charlene.hines@jhuapl.edu by noon Monday the week of the meeting if you plan to come for the deli tray so that we can quantify our order. Late RSVPs are also welcome, and you can always attend even if you have not RSVP'd.

Please Put on Your Calendar

Please mark Thursday, 12 April 2001 on your calendar for our next DC SIGAda Chapter Meeting when Dr. Bill Thomas, from MITRE, will be speaking on Everything You Wanted to Know About Exceptions, But Were Afraid to Raise.

Directions From Washington, DC

From the Capital Beltway (I-495), Take the I-95 North exit;
10 miles to Columbia exit (MD Rte. 32 West);
2.5 miles to Washington, DC, exit (U.S. Rte. 29 S);
1.5 miles to Johns Hopkins Rd.;
Turn right at traffic light;
APL is located to the right, just past the service station;
Turn right at the sign: "Building 1 Visitor Parking";
Use Building 1 entrance near the flag-pole; The meeting is in the cafeteria.

Detailed Directions and Maps are available at: http://www.acm.org/sigada/locals/dc/Directions_JHU_APL.html

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Jeff Castellow, Chair, DC SIGAda

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updated 15 February 2001