Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Java has become popular in a wide range of applications. Just-in-time translation is crucial for providing efficient execution of Java programs. This paper presents an architecture extension to RISC processors that accelerate Java byte codes translation. The authors' results show that the incorporation of this technique in a 4-way superscalar RISC and in one high performance embedded processor gives an average speed-up of 2.95x and 2.29x respectively. A first order approximation using ASIC synthesis tools shows that this acceleration is performed with only a small increase in hardware.