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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 Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA[3]) is an American vendor of computers, computer components, computer software, and information-technology services, founded on 24 February 1982. , 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 Running Java programs under the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Java "platform" refers to the running of Java programs versus Java itself, which is a programming language. Java programs are machine independent and run intact on any hardware platform that has a Java interpreter (JVM). . The Java HotSpot Performance Engine will be available free of charge for download at

"Java HotSpot Performance Engine turbocharges the Java 2 platform Java 2 Platform - Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition  -- 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 Adaptive optimization is a technique in computer science that performs dynamic recompilation of portions of a program based on the current execution profile. With a simple implementation, an adaptive optimizer may simply make a trade-off between Just-in-time compilation and  technology. The software is completely compatible with the Java 2 platform and can be added to the Java 2 runtime environment A configuration of hardware and software. It includes the CPU type, operating system and any runtime engines or system software required by a particular category of applications. See runtime engine.  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 (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc.  Pentium II The successor to the Pentium Pro from Intel. Pentium II refers to the CPU chip or the PC that uses it. Code named "Klamath," the Pentium II was a Pentium Pro with MMX multimedia instructions.  machine with dual processors and 256mb of memory running Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking.  4.0 -- the highest score published to date in that class. On the Solaris(TM) 7 operating environment In computing, an operating environment is the environment in which users run programs, whether in a command line interface, such as in MS-DOS or the Unix shell, or in a graphical user interface, such as in the Macintosh operating system. , 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 A software routine that searches memory for areas of inactive data and instructions in order to reclaim that space for the general memory pool (the heap). Operating systems may or may not provide this feature. , provide fast, reliable and portable performance for applications developed and deployed on the Java 2 platform. For more technical information, please refer to

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 In addition to providing versions for the SPARC (Scalable Performance ARChitecture) A family of RISC CPUs from Sun that runs mostly under Sun's Solaris, but also under Linux and BSD operating systems. After development began in the mid-1980s by David Patterson of the University of California at Berkeley and Bill (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 addendum n. an addition to a completed written document. Most commonly this is a proposed change or explanation (such as a list of goods to be included) in a contract, or some point that has been subject of negotiation after the contract was originally proposed by  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 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.

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), 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

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"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 :

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"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 XML
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 documents, which are critical to our application."

Contact: Nazmul Idris 540/552-7788 E-mail:


"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has doubled the performance of our new product, StreamStore," said Jim Tivy, CTO (Chief Technical Officer) The executive responsible for the technical direction of an organization. See CIO and salary survey.  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:

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:

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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:

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:

Crear Sistemas

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has significantly boosted the performance of our JBA (JBA International, Inc., Rolling Meadows, IL) A global developer and supplier of enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for AS/400, Unix and NT platforms. Founded in 1981 as Johnston Brown Associates, in 1999, it was acquired by Canadian-based Geac Computer Corporation.  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:

Experient Technologies

"I am extremely pleased with the performance boost the Java HotSpot Performance Engine delivers," said Experient Technologies, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board.  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:

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 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 Looking for

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 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:


"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:


"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 This article is a general presentation of the Java Platform performance. For criticisms about Java performance, and more generally about the Java language, see Criticism of Java.  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:

Knowledge Bus

"The Knowledge Bus would not exist without the Java Hotspot Performance Engine," said Knowledge Bus President, Joshua Engel Joshua Engel (born in Grand Prairie, Texas) is an American Country music singer-songwriter.

Joshua Engel is the winner of the Yahoo Bix Capitol Records "Road to Nashville" Contest held on August 22, 2007 in the country music capital; Nashville, Tennessee.
. "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:

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:

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"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:


"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine will greatly improve the performance of our Java applications, such as WebDoctor, our 100% Pure Java Refers to initiatives from Sun that specify 100% compliance with its Java specification. The goal is to maintain a consistent, single interface for Java so that all Java Virtual Machines can run all Java programs. See Holy Grail.  system for Electronic Patient Record (ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) An integrated information system that serves all departments within an enterprise. Evolving out of the manufacturing industry, ERP implies the use of packaged software rather than proprietary software written by or for one customer. )," 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:


"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:

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:

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:

Seagate Software Seagate Software was an international software corporation headquartered in Scotts Valley, California. It was a majority owned subsidiary of Seagate Technology, the largest independent disc drive and related components company in the world.  

"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:

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."

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"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine has significantly boosted the performance of our JWAM JWAM Just Wait A Minute  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:

Visualize, Inc.

"During our testing, the Java HotSpot Performance Engine gave such a marked improvement to CPU CPU
 in full central processing unit

Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit.
 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:

Wire Ltd.

"The Java HotSpot Performance Engine liberates Java 2 platform-based applications from the overhead of frequent bytecode interpretation," said Charles Stewart Charles Stewart may refer to:

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, 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:

Zelix Pty Ltd PTY LTD Propriety Limited (company structure in Australia) .

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 protects Java bytecode Java bytecode is the form of instructions that the Java virtual machine executes. Each bytecode instruction is one byte in length (hence the name), thus the number of bytecodes is limited to 256. Not all 256 possible bytecode values are used.  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:

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:
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