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Oracle and ARM team up to optimise embedded Java

Chris Mayer
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The duo plan to fine-tune Java on ARM’s 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, in hope of making Java the lingua franca for the Internet of Things.

Oracle and ARM have inked a multi-year partnership, in which the
two companies will aim to optimise the Java programming language
for ARM processors.

The effort will mainly focus on delivering
improving throughput and greater scalability on ARM’s multi-core
systems. The duo will further optimise Java SE for ARM 32-bit
embedded platforms as well as adding Java support for ARMv8 64-bit
multi-core systems, which are focused on server and network
infrastructure specifically. Boot-up performance, power saving and
library optimisation are all targeted as areas to improve in
addition.

In recent months,
Oracle has sounded out its intentions
in
seeing Java become an important language in the burgeoning
machine-to-machine marketplace. Buddying up with ARM, whose
energy-efficient processors are already present in embedded
servers, could help Oracle get a foot in the door with
Java.

Henrik Stahl, vice president of Java Product
Management at Oracle, commented in a press release that “the
long-standing relationship” between the two had enabled their
technology to be “deployed across a broad spectrum of
products.”

Collaboration between the two began in 1996,
when ARM helped port JavaOS to their own architecture. ARM have
taken an active role in recent months on the Java Community Process
Executive Committee, helping steer Java technology in the embedded
markets.

“The industry has reached a significant
inflection point as enterprise infrastructure, including servers
and network routers, is now able to leverage high-performance,
energy-efficient ARM technology,” said Ian Drew, chief marketing
officer and executive vice president of Business Development at
ARM.

“A diverse, optimized software ecosystem must be
in place to support these systems. This extended relationship with
Oracle to enhance Java SE is an important step in growing the ARM
ecosystem, which is enabling businesses and consumers worldwide to
discover new levels of energy efficiency and advanced
performance.“

The announcement comes right at the same time Oracle has
made a renewed embedded push, releasing
Java
ME Embedded Version 3.3
at JavaOne Shangai, which
includes ports to Raspberry Pi and the Keil boards for the first
time.

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