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Sun Announces Availability of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine; Java HotSpot Performance Engine Offers Unprecedented Performance Improvement For The Java 2 Platform.

PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 27, 1999--

Sun Microsystems, Inc. today announced the release of the Java HotSpot(TM) Performance Engine, the fastest software to date for Java(TM) technology performance. The Java HotSpot performance engine breaks new ground in software design and raises the bar by providing 100% higher performance than the previous Java platform. The Java HotSpot Performance Engine will be available free of charge for download at http://java.sun.com/products/hotspot/index.html.

"Java HotSpot Performance Engine turbocharges the Java 2 platform -- performance is no longer an issue," said Jon Kannegaard, Vice President and General Manager, Java Platform at Sun Microsystems, Inc.'s Java Software. "This release maintains uncompromising compatibility while dramatically boosting speed. It's now the obvious choice for deploying full-scale Java applications in the enterprise."

The Java HotSpot Performance Engine combines the fast, stable and scalable Java 2 platform with Sun's advanced adaptive optimization technology. The software is completely compatible with the Java 2 platform and can be added to the Java 2 runtime environment through the new pluggable virtual machine architecture, providing a seamless transition to forthcoming versions of the Java HotSpot performance engine.

"By uniting the power of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine with the Java 2 platform, which was released at the Java Business Expo in December 1998, Sun has created the definitive platform for businesses competing in the networked economy," stated Kannegaard.

Cross-Platform Performance Improvements

Sun is focused on improving Java platform implementations and performance so that software developers can count on their Java technology-based programs running rapidly and reliably, regardless of the underlying architecture. The Java HotSpot Performance Engine improves performance by using advanced adaptive optimization techniques. This on-the-fly optimization makes programs faster by identifying the "hotspots," the parts of the application where the most time is spent executing bytecode, and accelerating the rate of execution for this performance-critical code.

This adaptive optimization technology coupled with faster thread synchronization delivers on the promise of providing unparalleled performance of Java applications written for server environments. The Java HotSpot Performance Engine delivers 31.1 on SpecJVM98 on a 450MHz Pentium II machine with dual processors and 256mb of memory running Windows NT 4.0 -- the highest score published to date in that class. On the Solaris(TM) 7 operating environment, the Java HotSpot Performance Engine delivers even higher SpecJVM performance at 31.9 on a 450mhz Ultra 60 machine with 512mb ram.

"The increasing emphasis on cross-platform computing in enterprises today has turned the attention of many organizations to tools and platforms that offer benefits in terms of performance, scalability, and security," said Steve Garone, Program Director for Application Development Tools at International Data Corporation. "Sun's introduction of Java HotSpot, in IDC's opinion, represents a significant step forward in meeting these important needs. Developers can now create and deploy applications and leverage all the benefits of Java 2. This is an important announcement for Sun Microsystems and for developers."

Additional features of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine, including method inlining and improved garbage collection, provide fast, reliable and portable performance for applications developed and deployed on the Java 2 platform. For more technical information, please refer to http://java.sun.com/products/hotspot/index.html.

Availability and Deployment

To ensure that developers have access to the fastest runtime environment for applications created and deployed using the Java 2 platform, the Java HotSpot binaries are available now for free download at http://java.sun.com. In addition to providing versions for the SPARC(TM) processor/Solaris operating environment and Windows platforms, Sun is working with its licensees to deliver the Java HotSpot Performance Engine for other major platforms. (See attached quote addendum for licensees and industry support).

Java HotSpot Performance Engine for SPARC processors has been tuned to improve performance of Java application performance on Sun systems, as well as other systems that use SPARC technology. This performance improvement is visible in scalable applications employing multiple threads and multiple CPUs. Beta versions of this technology are available now via the web at http://java.sun.com and the final release of the Java HotSpot technology for SPARC processors will be available in June 1999.

An early access version of the Java HotSpot 2.0 Performance Engine will be available this summer. This release will offer a 30% performance increase from the current Java HotSpot 1.0 product and will be the first in a series of periodic upgrades intended to maintain Sun's performance advantage.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer(TM)," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW), to its position as a leading provider of high quality hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $10.5 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

Note to Editors: Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, Java, Java HotSpot, Solaris, and "The Network is the Computer" are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries. All SPARC trademarks are used under license and are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based upon an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

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Quote Addendum

ADESOFT

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine is a revolutionary cross-platform technology that turbo-charges the Java 2 platform in the enterprise. It is the ultimate performance solution for our mission-critical server-side application, ADE PRO INTRANET," said David Gageot, Senior Software Engineer. "We are excited about the release of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine as it will afford our customers continued Java technology performance improvements."

Contact: Germain Bourgeois +33 (0) 141 40 81 00 E-Mail : gb@adesoft.com http://www.adesoft.com

The Bean Factory, LLC

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine added considerable value to the development and deployment of our testing," said Nazmul Idris, President of The Bean Factory. "The Java HotSpot Performance Engine also substantially sped up the performance of the system for processing our XML documents, which are critical to our application."

Contact: Nazmul Idris 540/552-7788 E-mail: idris@beanfactory.com http://beanfactory.com

Bluestream

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has doubled the performance of our new product, StreamStore," said Jim Tivy, CTO of Bluestream. "We do not have to spend as much time optimizing our code, as the Java HotSpot Performance Engine takes care of that function automatically."

Contact: Jim Tivy 604/669-4469 E-mail: jimt@bluestream.com http://www.bluestream.com

Square B.V.

"Not only will Square B.V. benefit from this amazing technology, but our customers will be extremely pleased with the Java HotSpot Performance Engine's speed and stability," said B.V. Square Solution Architect, Maurice le Rutte. "The improvement was instantaneous and exciting. The garbage collector of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine is so extremely fast that we could hardly notice any delays anymore."

Contact: Maurice le Rutte +31 475 35 51 00 E-mail: mlerutte@square.nl http://www.square.nl

Cerebellum

The Java HotSpot Performance Engine improved the performance of our debut application development product, Cerebellum, by at least 20 percent," said Todd Olson, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, Cerebellum Software. "We are excited about this new offering from Sun, as it will afford our customers continued Java technology performance improvements. "

Contact: Todd Olson 412/208-6500 E-mail: info@cerebellumsoft.com http://www.cerebellumsoft.com

Commotion Technology, Inc.

"The Java Hotspot Performance Engine's dynamically-optimized compilation promises to enhance our software's ability to meet the speed demands of certain high-speed industrial processes," said John Tenney, President, Commotion Technology, Inc. "This increased performance will open up new markets for our industrial automation software and other Java-based control applications."

Contact: John Tenney 415/391-9050 E-mail: marcus@commotion-technology.com http://www.commotion-technology.com

Crear Sistemas

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has significantly boosted the performance of our JBA application server," said Enrique I. Sztrum, Vice President of Crear Sistemas. "We are excited about this new offering from Sun, as it will afford our customers continued Java technology performance improvements."

Contact: Enrique I. Sztrum +54 11 4806 2994 E-mail: nicolasm@crear.com.ar http://www.crear.com

Experient Technologies

"I am extremely pleased with the performance boost the Java HotSpot Performance Engine delivers," said Experient Technologies, CEO Michael B. Glotz. "We plan to transform these new capabilities into increased revenue for our Java technology suite of advanced training products."

Contact: Michael B. Glotz 804/359-6888 E-mail: Mglotz@experient.com http://www.experient.com

GemStone Systems, Inc.

"GemStone's early support for the Java 2 platform and commitment to the Java HotSpot Performance Engine has been driven by the requirements of sophisticated Internet commerce customers," said Doug Pollack, Vice President of Marketing at GemStone Systems, Inc. "They are looking for the complete security architecture enabled by the Java 2 platform and implemented in GemStone/J as well as the massive performance boost that Java HotSpot Performance will layer on top."

Contact: Sharon Thompson 503/533-3590 E-mail: sharont@gemstone.com http://www.gemstone.com

GridLink

"The significant performance improvements displayed by the Java HotSpot Performance Engine will benefit our Java technology efforts for our existing and future products," says Andrew Finall, Manager of Software Development for the GridLink Corporation. "In my experience, for both speed and Java 2 compatibility, it is unequalled."

Contact: Andrew Finall 403/261-9625 E-mail: Gridlink@gridlink.com http://www.gridlink.com

Hewlett-Packard

"HP is significantly investing in providing an excellent Java deployment solution for HP's Enterprise Servers, and is committed to providing customers with continued Java performance improvements. The Java HotSpot Performance Engine ensures a significant boost in server-side Java runtime performance," said Patrick Rogers, marketing manager of HP's Business Critical Computing Business Unit. "The preliminary results that HP has seen from benchmarking our Java platform with the Java HotSpot Performance Engine have proved to be very exciting, and we look forward to both sharing this technology with our customers and announcing official benchmark results shortly."

Contact: Susan Henson E-mail: susan_henson@hp-cupertino-om6.om.hp.com http://www.hp.com

Knowledge Bus

"The Knowledge Bus would not exist without the Java Hotspot Performance Engine," said Knowledge Bus President, Joshua Engel. "After it was implemented, our benchmarks shot up and we knew that we had a winner. It improved performance 2 to 5 times, running absolutely correctly without even a single change to the code we'd worked on for two years."

Contact: Joshua Engel 301/317-7964 E-mail: engel@knowledgebus.com http://www.knowledgebus.com

K.wiz Solutions, Inc.

"Our K.wiz database solution has gained a 100% performance enhancement since we began leveraging the Java HotSpot Performance Engine," said Peter Docherty, Vice President of Engineering at K.wiz. "We are very excited to have been a part of this program."

Contact: Peter Docherty +44-141-353-1104 E-mail: pdocherty@kwiz-solutions.com http://www.kwiz-solutions.com

LHS Research EMEA

"Since installing the Java HotSpot Performance Engine, we were impressed by the performance gain we've seen with our Targys customer-care application server," says Jochen Kappel, Director of LHS Research EMEA. "This is another important step in enabling server-side Java components."

Contact: Ingomar Otter +49-6103-482-327 E-mail: iotter@de.lhsgroup.com http://www.lhsgroup.com

Marand

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine will greatly improve the performance of our Java applications, such as WebDoctor, our 100% Pure Java system for Electronic Patient Record (ERP)," said Tomaz Gornik at Marand. "We're always looking for ways to implement the best Java technology -- the Java HotSpot Performance Engine will take our applications another step further."

Contact: Tomaz Gornik E-mail: tomazg@marand.si http://www.marand.com

NetBeans

"With the Java HotSpot Performance Engine, the performance of our NetBeans IDE has definitely increased," said Jeff Crystal, Business Development Manager at NetBeans. "However, we have been most impressed by the overall stability of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine."

Contact: Jeff Crystal +42 (0)-28-300-73-31 E-mail: jeff.crystal@netbeans.com http://www.zelix.com/klassmaster

Networks Unlimited AG

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine is a revolutionary cross-platform technology that turbo-charges the Java 2 platform in the enterprise. It is the ultimate performance solution for mission-critical server-side applications," said Thomas Mueller, CEO and President of Networks Unlimited AG. "We are excited about this new offering from Sun Microsystems, as it will afford our customers continued Java technology performance improvements."

Contact: Thomas Mueller +49 (0)-89-600-860 E-mail: tm@nuag.de http://www.nuag.de

Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine is a key technology for business success related with the Java platform. It is the ultimate performance solution for heavy server-side applications, such as machine translation," said Junji Nagata, PENSEE research manager at Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.

Contact: Junji Nagata +81-6-6949-5101 E-mail: nagata@kansai.oki.co.jp http://www.oki.com

Seagate Software

"We are excited about the possibilities of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine," said Luke Evans, Architect at Seagate Software. "Since installing the Java HotSpot Performance Engine, we have noticed a significant improvement in performance."

Contact: Luke Evans 604/647-8104 E-mail: luke.evans@seagatesoftware.com http://www.seagatesoftware.com

Tidestone Technologies

"A hallmark of Formula One is its ability to compute complex models quickly and accurately on the server as well as the client," said Joe Erickson, Tidestone Technologies Vice President of Product Development and CTO. "The Java HotSpot Performance Engine enhances our ability to deliver Formula One as one of the most scalable, robust, and versatile calculation engines available for developers and users of spreadsheets and the Java programming language."

Contact: Mark Spencer 913/851-2200 ext. 233 E-mail: mspencer@tidestone.com http://www.tidestone.com

University of Hamburg Software Engineering Group

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has significantly boosted the performance of our JWAM application framework," said University of Hamburg, Framework Architect, Stefan Roock. "We are excited about this new offering from Sun, as it will afford our customers continued Java technology performance improvements."

Contact: Stefan Roock +49 40 42 883 20 35 E-mail: jwaminfo@swt1.informatik.uni-hamburg.de http://swt-www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/Software/JWAM

Visualize, Inc.

"During our testing, the Java HotSpot Performance Engine gave such a marked improvement to CPU intensive tasks that it is allowing us to expand our analysis tools into even more advanced areas," said Troy Whisenhunt, Director of Marketing at Visualize. "We are excited about the future of the Java HotSpot Performance Engine."

Contact: Troy Whisenhunt 602/861-0999 E-mail: troyw@visualizetech.com http://www.visualizetech.com

Wire Ltd.

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine liberates Java 2 platform-based applications from the overhead of frequent bytecode interpretation," said Charles Stewart, Chief Technical Officer of WIRE Ltd. "This offers levels of performance previously reserved to C++, while preserving Java technology's 'Run Anywhere' universality."

Contact: Charles Stewart +44 (0) 1273 704414 E-mail: charles@wire.co.uk http://wire.co.uk

Zelix Pty Ltd.

"Zelix KlassMaster 2.1's flow obfuscation protects Java bytecode against reverse engineering," said Svet Kovich, Vice President of Development at Zelix. "By examining the bytecode at runtime, the Java HotSpot Performance Engine is able to see through the flow obfuscation and execute it at top speed. This allows our customers to have maximum protection and performance."

Contact: Svet Kovich +61-298-710-432 E-mail: svet@zelix.com http://www.zelix.com/klassmaster

Zero G Software, Inc.

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has taken Java performance to the next level," said Greg Maletic, Executive Vice-President and Co-Founder of Zero G Software, Inc. "We are so impressed that we have enabled our InstallAnywhere product to install the Java HotSpot Performance Engine as part of an application's install. This will ensure that any Java application optimized for Java HotSpot Performance Engine can take advantage of its lightning-fast performance."

Contact: Greg Maletic 415/512-7771 E-mail: gregm@zerog.com http://www.zerog.com
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