There were 13 seats open for election this year, eight ratified seats and five open election seats. Azul topped the list of elected candidates, having received the highest number of votes among all candidates, elected or ratified. Seventy-seven percent of JCP voters chose to support Azul's continued activity and representation on the EC. Gil Tene, Azul's CTO and co-founder, will continue to serve as the company's primary representative.
"I am honored to continue as Azul's representative to the JCP Executive Committee," Gil Tene, CTO and co-founder of Azul Systems, said in a statement. "Java is essential technology for companies around the globe, and through our position on the JCP EC, we remain focused on open community participation, on developer and individual contributor voting involvement, and on securing long-term community access to the relevant Java technologies and IP. I look forward to continued collaboration with my fellow Executive Committee members and JCP members as well as the Java developer community as a whole."
The JCP is an open, participative process program established in 1998 to foster the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. Azul has been a Java licensee and a JCP member since 2002. It has pioneered multiple Java industry firsts in its products, including pauseless garbage collection, memory elasticity and Java virtualization.
The JCP now has one executive committee. Previously, the JCP had two executive committees, one for Java SE/EE and one for Java ME. Voting members on the EC serve two-year terms; there are 16 ratified seats, eight elected seats and a permanent seat held by Oracle America. The two-year terms are staggered so that half of the seats are up for ratification/election each year.
Most recently, Azul introduced its ReadyNow! technology to addresses Java's "warm-up" problem to ensure that Java application performance remains consistently fast during critical business operations. The company also builds, certifies and supports Zulu, an open-source binary distribution of OpenJDK for Windows, Linux and Mac.
Winners of the other four JCP open election seats were ARM Inc., Hazelcast, Werner Keil and Geir Magnusson Jr. Winners of the eight ratified seats were Freescale, Gemalto M2M GmbH, Goldman Sachs, MicroDoc, SAP, Software AG, TOTVS and V2COM.