|ANDF kit available from OSF email@example.com (1995-03-09)|
|From:||firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Ivanov)|
|Keywords:||UNCOL, available, tools, FTP, C|
|Organization:||OSF Grenoble Research Institute|
|Date:||Thu, 9 Mar 1995 14:55:30 GMT|
DRA and OSF-RI are pleased to announce the ANDF kit program. It
consists of distribution and support for an "ANDF kit" for people
interested in investigating the technology. The rest of this article
provides more information about the program, including:
1. An overview on the technology.
2. A description of the ANDF kit.
3. How to get information about ANDF.
1. Overview of the technology.
ANDF has proven to be a very versatile technology. OSF-RI and DRA,
as well as other collaborators around the world, have made numerous
advances through use of ANDF. Up to now the technology has proven
to be very useful in the following areas:
a. For developing and testing portable software (the ANDF
technology requires conformance to API specifications, so it
also serves as a good portability checker).
b. As an open compiler technology (a baseline for developing a
compiler family). In particular for new non-interpretive
languages, portable compilers may find ANDF a preferable
intermediate language than say C source code.
c. For software distribution (the original ANDF objective).
d. As a more formal, and machine manipulable, way of expressing
the static aspects of APIs.
We also foresee interesting usages in the following areas:
e. ANDF as a representation of parallel programs.
f. As a format to represent and manipulate code in CASE tools.
DRA and OSF-RI wish to encourage other investigations from the rest
of the international research community.
2. The ANDF Kit
The ANDF Kit contains a set of installers for the following platforms :
intel 486/SCO, sparc/SunOS and mips/Ultrix. DRA's C producer is provided
in ANDF format (an installer must be installed before installation
of the C producer).
The purpose of this kit is to allow those interested in ANDF to
have a "hands-on" experience with the technology. It is intended to
serve a number of purposes:
- To promote further experimentation with ANDF in the research and
educational community, especially for experimental languages or
- To help application developers understand how to utilize the
portability and checking features of the ANDF technology to
facilitate application porting to a variety of platforms with a
- To help compiler developers understand the inner workings of the
ANDF technology, in order to determine the effort required to
adapt an existing compiler implementation to support the ANDF
"language" as described in the ANDF specification, whether the
implementation is a language front-end or a code generator.
The next release of the ANDF Kit, which is expected to be made
available in April, will be augmented with the GANDF technology
developed by the OSF RI. The GANDF technology is a family of
ANDF installers which utilize the GCC code generators, thus
enlarging the base of supported platforms and demonstrating the
possibility for ANDF to take advantage of existing compiler
Due to the proprietary nature of part of this software, an ANDF
Cooperative Research Agreement must be signed prior to receiving
the software. The ANDF Cooperative Research Agreement is available
electronically via the Web or from the OSF RI anonymous FTP server
Send completed agreements, including the questions in Appendix B,
ANDF License Administrator
OSF Research Institute
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA 02142
Pricing for the ANDF Research Kit is based on organization type.
The Kit is for non-commercial use only. Fees are principally to
offset the cost of preparation and distribution of the kit
materials, plus the administration of the ANDF Cooperative Research
Pricing is as follows:
OSF Members: $ 500.00
Universities: $ 200.00
A freely distributable subset of the ANDF Kit (Driver, Linker, and
GANDF installers) is also available via anonymous FTP in the
No DRA licensed code is included in this subset, so no Cooperative
Research Agreement with DRA is required. This subset allows users to
experiment with installing applications distributed in ANDF, such
as Mosaic, which will also be available via anonymous FTP. Other
applications may be posted from time to time. Their availability
will be announced in the ANDF home page.
3. How to get ANDF Information and Documentation
There is now an ANDF home page located on the OSF RI World Wide Web
server at URL:
Here you will find a brief overview of ANDF, additional information
about OSF experience with ANDF, as well as with pointers to a
collection of ANDF-related papers which may be either viewed
on-line or printed. All of the papers from the "ANDF Technology
Collected Papers" series, currently four volumes, are contained on
For those who are not Mosaic users, the ANDF papers may also be
obtained from the OSF RI anonymous FTP server:
Requests for ANDF information may be sent to
eric email@example.com Open Software Foundation Research Institute
tel +33 76634896 2 avenue de Vignate
fax +33 76510532 38610 Gieres FRANCE
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