BEA Systems is expected to detail a plan next week to speed its version of Java for servers by letting the software run directly on processors.
Java, invented by Sun Microsystems 10 years ago, is a layer of software that lets programs run on different computers without having to be adapted for each one. Making software portable in this way is useful, but Java comes with a performance penalty.
Sources familiar with the company’s plans said BEA will announce at the JavaOne trade show that it’s working on a version of JRockit–its virtual machine software that runs Java programs–that runs directly on a computer’s hardware. In contrast, most Java today runs on an operating system such as Windows, Linux or Solaris.
Likely processors BEA could support include Intel’s Xeon, IBM’s Power and Sun’s Sparc, one source said.