Multi-year agreement will provide ARM architecture support for key markets including data centers, network infrastructure and embedded computing.
ARM today announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Oracle to further optimize the existing Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) for ARM® 32-bit platforms and to add Java SE support for ARMv8 64-bit platforms. This agreement will focus on delivering throughput and efficient scalability for ARM-based multi-core systems. This agreement reflects the increasing applicability of the combination of ARM and Oracle technology in server and network infrastructure. It also benefits emerging applications in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, such as industrial control, factory automation and single-board computers, where energy-efficient ARM technology is increasingly being deployed.
Oracle’s Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is a critical component for high-throughput Java applications used in enterprise servers and embedded systems and helps to increase the performance of ARM-based multi-core systems. Additional areas for co-operation include improving boot-up performance, power savings and library optimization – all of which are essential for designs used in the enterprise and embedded markets.
“The long-standing relationship between ARM and Oracle has enabled our mutual technologies to be deployed across a broad spectrum of products and applications,” commented Henrik Stahl, vice president, Java Product Management, Oracle.
“By working closely with ARM to enhance the JVM, adding support for 64-bit ARM technology and optimizing other aspects of the Java SE product for the ARM architecture, enterprise and embedded customers can reap the benefits of high-performance, energy-efficient platforms based on ARM technology.”
“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, Business Development, 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.”
Oracle, ARM and Java History
This agreement between Oracle and ARM is the latest milestone in a long history of collaboration. The relationship started in 1996 when ARM helped port JavaOS to the ARM architecture. It continued with several other major engagements, including a multi-tasking JVM. ARM has served as chair of the Java benchmark Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) sub-committee, which is a non-profit association that develops meaningful performance benchmarks for the hardware and software used in embedded systems. Most recently, ARM joined the Java Community Process Executive Committee to help steer Java technology for the embedded markets.