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Jalapeño is a virtual machine for Java TM servers written in the Java language. To be able to address the requirements of servers (performance and scalability in particular), Jalapeño was designed " from scratch " to be as self-sufficient as possible. Jalapeño's unique object model and memory layout allows a hardware null-pointer check as well as fast(More)
This paper describes the evolution of the Jikese Research Virtual Machine project from an IBM internal research project, called Jalapeñ o, into an open-source project. After summarizing the original goals of the project, we discuss the motivation for releasing it as an open-source project and the activities performed to ensure the success of the project.(More)
Increasingly popular languages such as Java and C# requireefficient garbage collection. This paper presents thedesign, implementation, and evaluation of MMTk, a MemoryManagement Toolkit for and in Java. MMTk is an efficient, composable, extensible, and portable framework for building garbage collectors. MMTk uses design patternsand compiler cooperation to(More)
This paper presents two techniques for improving garbage collection performance: generational stack collection and profile-driven pretenuring. The first is applicable to stack-based implementations of functional languages while the second is useful for any generational collector. We have implemented both techniques in a generational collector used by the(More)
This paper explores and quantifies garbage collection behavior for three whole heap collectors and generational counterparts: <i>copying semi-space, mark-sweep,</i> and <i>reference counting</i>, the canonical algorithms from which essentially all other collection algorithms are derived. Efficient implementations in MMTk, a Java memory management toolkit,(More)
The halt in clock frequency scaling has forced architects and language designers to look elsewhere for continued improvements in performance. We believe that extracting maximum performance will require compilation to highly heterogeneous architectures that include reconfigurable hardware. We present a new language, Lime, which is designed to be executable(More)
Modern Java programs, such as middleware and application servers, include many complex software components. Improving the performance of these Java applications requires a better understanding of the interactions between the application , virtual machine, operating system, and architecture. Hardware performance monitors, which are available on most modern(More)
Now that the use of garbage collection in languages like Java is becoming widely accepted due to the safety and software engineering benefits it provides, there is significant interest in applying garbage collection to hard real-time systems. Past approaches have generally suffered from one of two major flaws: either they were not provably real-time, or(More)