BEA Tweaks Java Virtual Machine

BEA Systems refreshed its Java Virtual Machine (JVM) program, tailoring it to better support Intel's IA-32 architecture and its own WebLogic Enterprise Platform.

BEA WebLogic JRockit 8.0, which according to Bob Griswold, vice president and general manager of the Java RunTime Products Group at BEA, is the first offering of a standalone JVM geared for the Intel Itanium 2 processor. A JVM is a platform-neutral execution program that converts Java bytecode into machine language and runs it. The speedier Java Virtual Machine has been tweaked to complement Intel's Itanium 2 architecture.

Griswold said JRockit, acquired from Sweden's Appeal Virtual Machines, is the foundation of BEA's strategy to give customers an attractive combination of price and performance, because it makes it possible for customers to choose reasonable priced hardware and operating systems for applications.

BEA WebLogic JRockit 8.0 is fitted with features to boost developer productivity, such as improved profiling and debugging interfaces (JVMPI and JVMDI), which can allow developers to jazz up application performance and locate and resolve application issues.

It is also better suited to run with BEA WebLogic Workshop, as well as third-party development and profiling tools, such as Intel's VTune Performance Analyzer, which The works with JRockit to allow software developers to identify bottlenecks in their Java code.

Griswold said Microsoft used to provide Intel JVMs, but has ceased enhancing its products in recent years, creating a hole BEA was eager to fill.

"We looked closely at the industry and saw over the last couple of years that Intel's share of enterprise Java deployments was very low," Griswold internetnews.com. "Looking into the root cause, we realize there was no good JVM for the Intel architecture."

Griswold, who claimed JRockit is faster than JVMs by Sun or IBM, pointed to benchmark results on Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation's (SPEC) Web site, said JRockit has been awarded top industry ratings for performance on certain hardware and operating system combinations.

"Running the SPECjbb2000 benchmark, an independently designed and validated benchmark that measures the performance of servers running typical Java business applications, BEA WebLogic JRockit achieved the number one and number two results on 4-way server systems running Windows and Linux," Griswold said.

BEA WebLogic JRockit 8.0 is scheduled to be demonstrated this week at the Intel Developer Forum in the San Jose Convention Center. BEA WebLogic JRockit 8.0 is available immediately for free download here.

This article was originally published on Feb 18, 2003
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