Novell Working with Intel to Develop Virtual Machine for Executing Java Software
Applications on the Intel Architecture
NetFire JVM Expected to be World's Fastest and Most Scalable
PC EXPO, NEW YORK CITY, NY June 17, 1998 Novell, Inc. today
announced it is working with Intel on a Virtual Machine for executing Java software
(JVM) for Novell's NetWare® operating system. This fully compatible JVM from
designed to leverage the performance and scalability of Intel processor-based servers, including
symmetrical multiprocessing (SMP) servers and forthcoming IA-64 Architecture machines.
Novell's goal is
to continue to provide customers with the fastest, most scalable, and compatible implementation
JVM, the software engine that executes applications written in the Java programming language
them across the enterprise network and the Internet. Novell intends to incorporate the JVM
"NetFire") into NetWare in 1999, ensuring users continued access to a premiere network server
for industrial-strength, mission-critical applications.
Novell will license technology from Intel and will collaborate to improve performance and
scalability of the
JVM for Novell's NetWare in order to support transaction-intensive and other mission-critical
Users of server-based applications written in the Java programming language will benefit through
streamlined software development cycles and increased business productivity through better
management of network information.
The companies will optimize NetFire and its related compiler technology to take full advantage of
microprocessor features. NetFire will also leverage Novell's high-performance NetWare operating
Novell's NetWare 5 will ship later this summer with the world's fastest JVM as measured by the
standard VolanoMark benchmark. Novell intends to further increase the JVM performance and
with NetFire, which will be exclusive to NetWare and compatible with applications targeted at the
NetWare 5 JVM.
"The use of Java technology on the server has great potential, but needs the right environment in
deliver on those possibilities," said Christopher Stone, Novell's senior vice president for strategy
corporate development. "The NetFire work being done by Novell using Intel technology will
customers the performance and scalability needed to take advantage of the efficiencies in
development and deployment that Java can provide for enterprise and Internet applications."
"With their extensive base of customers running NetWare on Intel processor-based servers and
expertise, Novell is well-suited to enhance performance and scalability on Intel-based servers,."
Swope, vice president of business desktop marketing, Business Platforms Group, Intel
NetFire project complements our overall goal to provide the best performance on the Intel
Support for Industry Standards
Novell is committed to a JVM implementation designed in conformance with industry standards.
Applications written for standard JVMs will run on NetFire, and developers will be able to create
applications for NetWare using standard Java technologies and tools. The NetFire JVM will
allow developers to use Novell's Open Solutions Architecture software development kit
create Internet applications that utilize Novell Directory Services (NDS), Novell's
leading directory service, and a range of other intelligent network services allied with the
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