According to the Itanium Solutions Alliance, Intel and Sun Microsystems worked together to port Sun's Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java SE) to Itanium-based systems. Now generally available, Java SE 6 for Itanium furnishes a Java development platform for Itanium-based solutions for both Windows and Linux environments.
"The release of Java SE 6 for Itanium enhances the ease and flexibility with which Itanium developers can create enterprise-class server applications, and allows them to take full advantage of the capabilities inherent in Sun's latest development platform," said Joan Jacobs, president and executive director of the Itanium Solutions Alliance. "By advancing the development of new solutions for end users, this Java update supports the Alliance's commitment to open, industry-standard solutions."
The Java release offers significant performance gains over the previous version, including improvements in the Java HotSpot virtual machine and Java class libraries. Java developers are encouraged to download the updated development kit and start creating the next generation of applications that harness the performance, reliability and scalability of Itanium-based systems. The latest JDK for Sun Java SE 6, which includes support for Itanium, is ready for download from the Sun Developer Network