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JESSICA2: A Distributed Java Virtual Machine With Transparent Thread Migration Support

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Executive Summary

A distributed Java Virtual Machine (DJVM) spanning multiple cluster nodes can provide a true parallel execution environment for multi-threaded Java applications. Most existing DJVMs suffer from the slow Java execution in interpretive mode and thus may not be efficient enough for solving computation-intensive problems. The authors present JESSICA2, a new DJVM running in JIT compilation mode that can execute multi-threaded Java applications transparently on clusters. JESSICA2 provides a Single System Image (SSI) illusion to Java applications via an embedded Global Object Space (GOS) layer. It implements a cluster-aware Java execution engine that supports transparent Java thread migration for achieving dynamic load balancing.

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