ARM, Oracle to Optimize Java for 64-Bit ARM-Based Servers
The expanded relationship with Oracle is another step for ARM as it looks to move its low-power chip designs into the data center.ARM officials are continuing to lay the groundwork for the company’s plans for a greater role in the data center, reaching a multiyear agreement with software giant Oracle to expand the capabilities of Java Platform Standard Edition on ARM’s chip architecture. ARM, which has worked with Oracle in the past to bring Java and its system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture closer together, announced July 22 that Oracle will further optimize Java SE for ARM’s current 32-bit designs and add Java SE support to 64-bit ARMv8 platforms. The agreement is not only aimed at such data center systems as servers and networking systems, but also in machine-to-machine (M2M) environments, including industrial control, factory automation and single-board computers, according to ARM and Oracle officials. Expanding Oracle’s support for ARM’s technology will increase the software ecosystem that will be key as ARM looks to bring its low-power SoC architecture, which now is found in most smartphones and tablets, into the data center, according to Ian Drew, chief marketing officer and executive vice president for business development at ARM.
“The industry has reached a significant inflection point as enterprise infrastructure, including servers and network routers, is now able to leverage high-performance, energy-efficient ARM technology," Drew said in a statement. "This extended relationship with Oracle to enhance Java SE is an important step in growing the ARM ecosystem, which is enabling businesses and consumers worldwide to discover new levels of energy efficiency and advanced performance.“