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LANguage Conversion Engine (LANCE)

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Missile Defense Agency
Contract: HQ0006-08-C-7820
Agency Tracking Number: B073-005-0052
Amount: $99,719.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: MDA07-005
Solicitation Number: 2007.3
Solicitation Year: 2007
Award Year: 2008
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2008-02-13
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2009-08-13
Small Business Information
625 Mount Auburn Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
DUNS: 115243701
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Curt Wu
 Chief Software Engineer
 (617) 491-3474
Business Contact
 Jennifer Barron
Title: Director, Contracts
Phone: (617) 491-3474
Research Institution

From 1987-1997, DoD required Ada for every software project where new code generation was more than 30% of the effort. With the decline in Ada’s popularity, it has become increasingly difficult to find skilled Ada developers to maintain this legacy code. Code maintainers that don’t know Ada typically convert the code to a language they understand and this is a tedious error-prone process. What is needed is a toolkit that converts Ada into more widely supported languages, provides guidance on translation, and plugs in to the maintainer’s IDE. Such a toolkit must provide a view of each module within the context of the legacy application and weigh the relative merits of various conversion options. The converted code must also be validated against the legacy code to ensure accurate and effective conversion. Our proposed LANguage Conversion Engine (LANCE) will not only accurately translate and validate Ada code but also provide the necessary guidance to wrap or rewrite code that can not or should not be translated. This guidance will include the necessary metadata to integrate the various code modules that have been translated, wrapped, and rewritten. Finally, the system’s software repository will store translated code modules for cataloging and reuse.

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