BEA unveils Itanium 2 JVM
BEA Systems Inc. (http://www.bea.com), San Jose, Calif.,
found a new niche for its Java Virtual Machine (JVM) on the Intel Itanium 2
processor with the release of WebLogic JRockit 8.0. Although both Sun
and IBM (http://www.ibm.com) market JVMs for the
Intel 32-bit architectures, BEA officials claim that JRockit 8.0 is the first
standalone JVM optimized specifically for Intel Itanium.
BEA officials say Version 8.0 adds a performance boost,
as well as more stability and maturity to Version 7.0, which was brought out
last August. The upgrade also includes two new interfaces -- JVMDI for debugging
and JVMPI for profiling -- that BEA officials say can make it easier for
developers to debug and optimize application performance.
This latest release is the fastest JVM server-side
today, claims Bob Griswold, vice president and general manager of Java Runtime
Products Group, the group that was formed as a result of BEA's acquisition of
Appeal Virtual Machines in Sweden and BEA's strategic
partnership with Intel. ''All other virtual machines out there are based on Sun
Hotspot,'' which was developed for a client-side environment to run an applet,
maintained Griswold. He said the new JVM fills the gap left by Microsoft
when the software giant left the Java market.
JRockit's server-side approach allows for longer running
applications, better memory management and more network input/output traffic,
Griswold said. It also makes it easier to develop and manage Java programs using JRockit. ''We turn a black box into an open
box,'' Griswold explained. JRockit makes any industry standard hardware a viable
deployment platform. ''This opens up a whole new opportunity for [users] to
deploy on less-expensive and high-performing servers,'' he noted.
JRockit 8.0 is available for free download from BEA at http://commerce.bea.com/downloads/weblogic_jrockit.jsp.
It is also available from Intel.
Lana Gates is a freelance writer based in Mesa, Arizona. She can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.