Section: Bilateral Contracts and Grants with Industry

Bilateral Contracts with Industry

The Caml Consortium

Participants : Xavier Leroy [ contact ] , Damien Doligez, Michel Mauny, Didier Rémy.

The Caml Consortium is a formal structure where industrial and academic users of OCaml can support the development of the language and associated tools, express their specific needs, and contribute to the long-term stability of Caml. Membership fees are used to fund specific developments targeted towards industrial users. Members of the Consortium automatically benefit from very liberal licensing conditions on the OCaml system, allowing for instance the OCaml compiler to be embedded within proprietary applications.

The Consortium currently has 16 member companies:

  • Aesthetic Integration

  • Ahrefs

  • Be Sport

  • Bloomberg

  • CEA

  • Citrix

  • Dassault Aviation

  • Docker

  • Esterel Technologies

  • Facebook

  • Jane Street

  • Kernelyze LLC

  • LexiFi

  • Microsoft

  • OCamlPro

  • SimCorp

For a complete description of this structure, refer to http://caml.inria.fr/consortium/. Xavier Leroy chairs the scientific committee of the Consortium.

The OCaml Foundation

Participant : Michel Mauny.

Throughout 2017, Michel Mauny has been preparing the project of an OCaml Foundation, which should support OCaml in a more efficient way than the existing Caml Consortium could do, thanks to the facilities and flexibility provided by the recently created Inria Foundation. The goal is to raise enough funds to effectively support the development and evolution of OCaml, and to animate and grow its user and teaching communities.

Scientific Advisory for OCamlPro

Participant : Fabrice Le Fessant.

OCamlPro is a startup company founded in 2011 by Fabrice Le Fessant to promote the use of OCaml in the industry, by providing support, services and tools for OCaml to software companies. OCamlPro performs a lot of research and development, in close partnership with academic institutions such as IRILL, Inria and Univ. Paris Sud, and is involved in several collaborative projects with Gallium, such as the Bware ANR, the Vocal ANR and the Secur-OCaml FUI.

Since 2011, Fabrice Le Fessant has been a scientific advisor at OCamlPro, as part of a collaboration contract for Inria, to transfer his knowledge on the internals of the OCaml runtime and the OCaml compilers. Fabrice has left Inria in October 2017 to join OCamlPro on a full-time position.