The development of CADP is a long-term effort that was undertaken in the mid 80s. It successively took place at INRIA Rocquencourt, at the Laboratoire de Génie Informatique (IMAG Institute, Grenoble), at the Verimag Laboratory, and currently at INRIA Grenoble Rhône-Alpes and the Laboratoire d'Informatique de Grenoble.
The CADP toolbox has evolved steadily by adding new software tools, as well as removing obsolete tools or replacing them by enhanced ones. Additionally, many prototype tools have also been developed, not all of which did find their way into the official CADP releases.
Many scientists in France and abroad have contributed to CADP by developing tools included in CADP releases or based upon the CADP software components, by assessing these tools on realistic case studies, and providing valuable experimental feedback.