JEOPARD Project Begins Validation of Parallel Real-time Java VM
JEOPARD project to develop new real-time Java technologies for multicore systems.
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Mar 17, 2010

The JEOPARD project, an initiative of aicas GmbH and the Open Group, and partially funded by the EU’s 7th framework program, is designed to develop new real-time Java technologies for multicore systems.  JEOPARD has its Parallel Real-time Java VM under test at a number of partner companies.

One of the results of the JEOPARD project, a unified parallel real-time Java VM for high performance, real-time and safety critical platforms is currently under test by industrial project partners. Among these partners are EADS Germany, Skysoft Portugal and Radio Labs Italy, who put the Java VM through their paces with actual applications.

Skysoft evaluates the development on multicore systems with SYSGO’s partitioning operating system PikeOS. The testing application consists of Java partitions in an aviation control system, that are executed parallel.

JamaicaVM, the proven JavaVM for hard and soft real-time applications, serves as the foundation for the multicore real-time Java technology developed by aicas. The garbage collector, working in extremely short steps of only a few milliseconds, has been adapted to multicore systems, allowing for the execution of Java code, uninterrupted by other applications, and the garbage collection concurrently. Furthermore the GC implementation features parallel garbage collection on multiple CPUs, while a highly sophisticated load balancing converges the parallelism to the technically possible optimal.

For the real-time application developer this means that the established low latency garbage collector of JamaicaVM is now available on parallel multicore systems. Depending on the number of CPUs and the parallelism requirements of the application, the developer may decide whether the garbage collector and the application will be executed on multiple CPUs on demand or part of the CPUs run the application while other CPUs run the garbage collector simultaneously. This way the application may be executed completely independent and unaffected by the garbage collector.

About Jeopard
JEOPARD is an initiative of aicas GmbH and the Open Group. The project brings together leading European developers of real-time technologies, research institutes and industrial users, to develop new real-time Java technologies for multicore systems. About 3.3 million Euro are being invested in research and development for the project, which is scheduled to conclude by the end of 2010.
The JEOPARD project is partially funded by the 7th framework program. An initiative of the European community to advance research and development of new technologies, applications and industries. The project shall contribute to future standards for developing real-time Java and multicore systems.

About aicas
aicas is a leading vendor of hard real-time capable Java Virtual Machines for embedded applications. In addition, the company provides analysis and optimization tools that help developers improve application quality. aicas provides customization services for JamaicaVM in order to meet the needs of its customers, especially in connection with various target environments. JamaicaVM is unique in its market segment: it is the only Java implementation with a full deterministic Garbage Collector for hard real-time applications. aicas serves the aerospace, industrial control, instrumentation, and automotive markets. Its customer list includes Boeing, EADS Astrium, EADS Military Air Systems, Honeywell, and Siemens. The company’s headquarters are in Karlsruhe, Germany, with subsidiary offices in the USA, France and Japan. In addition, aicas has reseller relationships with a group of highly qualified companies in Europe and Asia.

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