ARM and Oracle prepare to expand Java opportunities

23 July 2013

ARM and Oracle prepare to expand Java opportunities
ARM and Oracle prepare to expand Java opportunities

ARM and Oracle announce plans to optimise Java with support for embedded computing, network infrastructure and data centres.

The two companies have entered a multi-year agreement to optimise the existing Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) for ARM 32bit platforms and to add Java SE support for ARMv8 64bit platforms.

The agreement focuses on delivering throughput and efficient scalability for ARM-based multi-core systems, particularly in server and network infrastructures. It will also apply to emerging applications in the M2M (machine-to-machine) market, such as industrial control, factory automation and SBCs, which is increasingly deploying the energy-efficient technology, says ARM.

Oracle's Java Virtual Machine is a critical component for high-throughput Java applications in enterprise servers and embedded systems and helps to increase the performance of ARM-based multi-core systems. Co-operation will also focus on improving boot-up performance, power savings and library optimisation.

According to Ian Drew, ARM’s chief marketing office and executive VP, Business Development: “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. A diverse, optimised software ecosystem must be in place to support these systems”.

The two companies have worked together since 1996 when ARM helped port JavaOS to the ARM architecture. ARM has served as chair of the Java benchmark Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) sub-committee, and most recently, joined the Java Community Process Executive Committee to manoeuvre Java technology for the embedded markets

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