Oracle and ARM strengthen ties with extension for Java SE

Already close partners, ARM and Oracle deepen the relationship over Java in 32-bit and 64-bit ARM platforms.

ARM and Oracle are working together to improve Java performance on ARM systems.

The pair announced on Monday that they are optimising Java SE for ARM 32-bit and 64-bit platforms, and adding SE support for ARMv8 64-bit platforms.

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The multi-year deal is an extension to a long-standing agreement between the two companies to enable Oracle software to run more efficiently on ARM platforms. The companies say they will "focus on delivering throughput and efficient scalability for ARM-based multicore systems". 

It will be used in emerging applications in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market, such as industrial control, factory automation and single-board computers using ARM technology, ARM and Oracle said.

Oracle's Java Virtual Machine (JVM) is used in enterprise servers and embedded systems and is intended to increase the performance of ARM-based, multi-core systems. Additional areas of co-operation include improving boot-up performance, power savings and library optimisation, the companies said.

The announcement is part of what Ian Drew, chief marketing officer for ARM, called "the diverse, optimised software ecosystem that must be in place to support these ARM systems".