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  • Getting to Know Graal, the New Java JIT Compiler

    Oracle has released Graal, which is both a new JIT compiler for Java and a major component in their next-generation polyglot virtual machine, GraalVM. The effort aims to improve startup time and reduce footprint of Java applications as well as unlock fully polyglot, multi-language technologies within a single VM. The initial release includes JVM and JS with LLVM, Ruby and R in beta.

  • Secrets of the Bytecode Ninjas

    The Java language is defined by the Java Language Specification. But the executable bytecode of the Java Virtual Machine is defined by a completely separate standard, the Java Virtual Specification, and the two are often at odds. In this article we take a look at the structure of a class file and how to create class files directly without starting from Java source, using the ASM library.

  • Is Your Java Application Hostile to JIT Compilation?

    ​One of the most important parts of the JVM is the Just-In-Time (JIT) compiler. However, many applications are not written to take full advantage of the high-performance capabilities of the JIT. In this article we investigate some simple tricks to identify issues that may be making your application unfriendly to JIT.

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