Last week we managed to get a quick comment from Cliff Click, Jr. about some of the configurations he's been working on over at Azul Systems. However, this week, Cliff has managed to take a bit more time out of his busy schedule to dedicate a full discussion of the concerns many of TheServerSide.com readers were bandying about.
"Just so's you know - it takes a lot more than a casual question about "where's my Java Optimized Hardware" to make me irate. In fact, that's a very good question - because the answer is not obvious (ok, it was obvious to me 15 years ago, but I was already both a serious compiler geek and an embedded systems guy then). But it's not-obvious enough that quit a few million $$$ have been spent trying to make a go of it."
Here, Cliff Click, Jr., Ph.D. discusses the various benefits, drawbacks and challenges associated with running directly executed bytecode with a Just-in-Time compiler executing efficiently on a RISC chip. Which is better, and what are the complexities and complications? Cliff sets the record straight, as only he can.