Ada Embeded System Alternatives

I've been assigned the task to provide alternatives and solutions to bringing legacy Ada 83 code to a new embedded system.

The new system's hardware, OS and language of choice is fixed (Mercury Computer SBC PPCs, MC/OS, and C). The use of C is not required, however, if a justifiable alternative is presented.

The options I see are:

1) Port the code from Ada to C 2) Find Ada compilier for MC/OS PPCs

Translating to C gives better tools and vendor support. Using Ada gives more robust code and eliminates translation errors.

Has someone pursued any options similar to these on a project before? If so, what did you do, how did you do it, and how was the outcome? Thanks, pauL

- Software Engineer Northrop Grumman

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Paul Robinson
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As I remember Mercury supplies the gcc compiler for their systems. So with very little effort you could port GNAT. But I don't recommend that. If you want to use the Green Hills tool suite, why not do that:

To quote from a Green Hills press release at Mercury Computer's site:

The new Green Hills compiler accepts C, C++, EC++, and Ada95 source code, and generates optimized object code for over 20 models of PowerPC ISA-based processors, including Motorola?s 603e, 850/860, 8240/8245,

8250/8260, the newly announced 8540 and 8560, 740/745, 750/755, 7400/7410, 7440/7445, 7450/7455, and IBM?s 403, 450 and 455. Optimizations are both global and target specific.


The C/C++/EC++/Ada95 compiler is part of the MULTI® Integrated Development Environment (IDE), which provides all the development tools needed for embedded applications. The complete MULTI IDE, with new C/C++ compiler and target connection hardware, is available immediately at a price of $5,900 per development seat for a PC node-locked license.

Translation, by tomorrow you should be able to throw the existing Ada code at the Green Hills compiler and see if there are any third party packages missing... (From experience, you will probably have to create generic instantiations of some standard Ada 95 numerics packages.) That is assuming that you intend to use the Green Hills compiler and the MULTI 2000 IDE.

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Robert I. Eachus

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