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Jikes RVM version 3.1.3 has been released and is available for download = at http://downloads.sourceforge.= net/jikesrvm/jikesrvm-3.1.3.tar.bz2
Details are browsable online in our JIRA instance at http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/RVM/fixforversion/18230.
The significant impact of the Jikes RVM research community was recently = recognized by ACM's Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLA= N) who awarded the 2012 SIGPLAN Software Award to Jikes RVM. Qu= oting from the award citation.
Jikes RVM was the first Java-in-Java = virtual machine and contains many innovations, especially on adaptive optim= ization and memory management.
The high quality and modular design o= f Jikes has made it easy for researchers to develop, share, and compare adv= ances in programming language implementation. The Jikes RVM core team has n= urtured and supported a large community of researchers; this is witnessed b= y more than 200 papers, at least 40 dissertations, close to 25 courses, and= research at almost 100 universities, that are based on the Jikes RVM.=
The award names thirty two individuals who have made significant contrib= utions to the project since it began in 1997. It also calls out the m= uch larger set of code contributors and researchers who have made the Jikes= RVM community possible with their energy and involvement. Congratula= tions and thank you to everyone who has been part of the Jikes RVM research= community over the years!
We have been accepted in Google Summer of Code 2012 as a m= entoring organization. See here= a> for details. To that end, we are looking for project applications - see = our ideas page. We = have suggested both new and repeat proposals. It is part of the studen= t's responsibilities to flesh out their own proposals, so don't hesitate to= suggest crazy and/or sketchy ideas on the researchers mailing list.
The deadline for student applications at google-melange.com is Friday 6 April.= =20
We're happy to announce that Jikes RVM 3.1.2 has been released and is avail= able for download. This release contains a number of enhancements and b= ug fixes contributed by the Jikes RVM community =E2=80=94 Thanks! &nbs= p;
Highlights of the release can be found in the release notes.=20
This year we had four Summer of Code projects. We are very grateful to G= oogle for their support and are pleased that all four students successfully= passed. As part of the GSoC, Google also provided Jikes RVM with 4 x $500 = which we will use to support the regression testing kit at ANU.=20
Summaries of the outcomes of the four projects can be found on our = Google Summer of Code 2= 011 page.=20
We very much hope that James, Shahar, Gary and Michael will continue to = contribute to Jikes RVM and we wish them well for their future studies.= =20
This year we have four Google Summer of Code projects. The students are:==20
Tools for debugging the Jikes RVM runtime
James B= ornholt, ANU
An Efficient Mark & Sweep Concurrent Snapshot-Based And On T=
he Fly Sliding-Views based Garbage Collectors For Jikes RVM
= Shahar Timnat, Technion
Generational Collector Organisation
Gary Rampaud,= Kent
Parallel Compilation Services for Jikes RVM on multicore
Michael J Taylor, Pittsburgh
Jikes RVM has been accepted for the 2011 Google Summer of Code= . Students will receive a stipend for working on code for 3 months between = May and August. The period for students to apply is rapidly approachin= g so please spread the word.=20
You can find our project proposals at http= ://jikesrvm.org/Google+Summer+of+Code+2011=20
Student deadline: 28 March and 8 April.=20
We are hoping to participate in the Google Summer of Code 2011= . We have had some really excellent contributions to JikesRVM come out of p= revious Summers of Code so please take the time to visit the Jikes RVM Google Summer of Code 2011 pages.=20
The current set of project proposals is a draft, mainly made up=
of proposals from last year. We need new projects and new mentors.
Please offer some.
The organization application deadline is 11 March.=20
Jikes RVM version 3.1.1 has been released and is available for download = at http://downloads.sourceforge.= net/jikesrvm/jikesrvm-3.1.1.tar.bz2=20
Details are given below, or are browsable online in our JIRA instance at= http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/RVM/fixf= orversion/14900.=20
Three students will be working on Jikes RVM as part of the 2010 Google S= ummer of Code. They are:=20
Laurence, Michael, Ashwani: welcome to the team. We are all looking forw= ard to working with you and seeing the end product of your efforts.=20
I am very pleased to announce that Jikes RVM has been accepted for the <= em>2010 Summer of Code. GSoC allows students to work closely with a me= ntor on a project of interest to Jikes RVM between 24 May and 20 August. Go= ogle will pay a stipend of $5000 to each accepted student developer. In the= past, good things have come out of the GSoC and students have enjoyed the = programme. You can find more details of the programme at gsoc2010.=20
Our project suggestions and associated mentors are listed on our Jikes RVM proposals page=20
If you are interested in participating in the GSoC, please start talking= to a mentor now. The formal application period is 29 Marc= h - 9 April (both at 12 noon PDT / 19:00 UTC). The complete timeline for th= e programme is her= e.=20
I'd be grateful if you could circulate this announcement to any student = you think might be interested in making a contribution to Jikes RVM.=20
We are hoping to participate in the Google Summer of Code 2010= . We have had some really excellent contributions to JikesRVM come out of p= revious Summers of Code so please take the time to visit our Google Summer of Code 2010 pages = and possibly add some project proposals.=20
The organization application deadline is March 12.=20
Dear Jikes RVM Researchers,=20
We are writing to introduce two new members to the Jikes RVM Steering Co= mmittee, announce some changes to the project organization, and highlight o= ur performance results, which are now competitive with the products on the = DaCapo Benchmarks.=20
We have invited Richard Jones (U. Kent) and Kathryn McKinley (U. Texas) = to join us on the Steering Committee. Both Kathryn and Richard have accepte= d our invitation. Kathryn and Richard been involved with the project since = its inception. They both have a long track record of engagement with the pr= oject; directly and through the activities of their respective research gro= ups. Their addition to the committee reflects our view that our stakeholder= s are researchers and that our mission is enabling research.=20
We have also made a minor change to the project structure, replacing the= term "Core Team" with "Jikes RVM Team". We also extend= team membership to anyone who has demonstrated a substantial commitment to= the project through concrete contributions. Such contributions are not lim= ited to code, but may include substantive contributions to the health of th= e project in any form. These changes are intended to emphasize the importan= ce of researchers as the primary stakeholders in this project, and to make = it explicit that the importance of a member's input is not measured in term= s of the quantity or quality of changes to the code base.=20
We will also now encourage team members to follow a "12 month rule&= quot;, whereby they are asked to reassess their team membership after a per= iod of 12 months of inactivity=20
Due to the efforts of the Jikes RVM Team in adding features (such as nat= ive threads, Immix GC, and biased locking), and tuning the adaptive system,= we have recently achieved really excellent performance results. While Jike= s RVM still lags behind the products on the SPEC benchmarks (the products a= re highly tuned for SPEC), Jikes RVM attains within 5% of their performance= on the DaCapo Benchmarks. Results are available here: http://jikesrvm.anu.edu.au/performance/2009-07/=20
These performance gains make Jikes RVM an even more appealing research p= latform and offer more evidence that Java can be an effective system implem= entation language.=20
We hope that these changes will bring new life to the project and re-aff= irm the project's original objectives of supporting the research community.= Kathryn, Richard and the rest of the Jikes RVM Steering Committee welcome = comments, suggestions and feedback from our community.=20
Jikes RVM version 3.1.0 has been released and is available for download = at http://downloads.sourceforge.= net/jikesrvm/jikesrvm-3.1.0.tar.bz2=20
It's been almost nine months since the release of Jikes RVM 3.0.1, and q= uite a bit has changed in Jikes RVM. We'd like to call out several items th= at may be of particular interest to the community.=20
Details are given below, or are browsable online in our JIRA instance at= http://jira.codehaus.org/browse/RVM/fix= forversion/14620.=20
Please vote in the online poll: http://www.doodle.com/q= tb3sm9k42wbxs9q=20
Polling will be open until March 19, 2009.=20
Past news can be accessed by Browse Space/News= link.