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BEA Revs JRockit

BEA Systems has upgraded its Java virtual machine with JRockit 5.0, revving it to run large server applications on Intel-based 64-bit machines.

Part of WebLogic Enterprise Platform and WebLogic Server, JRockit is a popular software product in the financial services spaces, helping banks process transactions.

Such products can form the core of service-oriented architectures (SOA) , distributed computing models that allow customers' computers to exchange applications with little human intervention.

Version 5.0 comes with performance controls to help systems administrators knock down memory leaks in Java applications without impeding performance or restarting a server.

Guy Churchward, general manager of the Java Runtime Products Group, said the new JRockit includes a management console to capture and present live data about garbage collection pauses, memory utilization and CPU usage.

He said the runtime analyzer is something of an on-demand "flight recorder" that can help create detailed recordings about the JVM and the application it is running to help developers view and analyze the behavior of applications. The software also has detects memory leaks.

Churchward said JRockit 5.0 will be a key in the forthcoming BEA WebLogic Real Time product, designed to conduct transactions without delays. BEA WebLogic Real Time will be available in early 2006.

JRockit 5.0 also now supports Solaris OS, Red Flag Linux servers, and SPARC-based systems, a shift from BEA's previous support of Windows and major Linux systems like Red Hat and Novell SuSe.

BEA inked an agreement with Red Flag Software to bundle BEA JRockit with the Red Flag Linux Server to serve China.

In other JRockit news, the San Jose, Calif., company teamed with management software heavy Mercury Interactive to help customers guide their SOAs. BEA customers will receive performance diagnostics capabilities for their systems.