Azul Systems Announces New Initiative to Support Open Source Community with Free Zing JVM

Sunnyvale, CA - 31 July 2012

Azul Systems, Inc. (Azul), the award-winning leader in Java runtime scalability, have announced an ongoing commitment to the Open Source community by making its Zing JVM freely available to Open Source developers and projects for use in development, qualification, and testing. The new initiative enables Open Source applications supporting commodity x86 servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, CentOS and Ubuntu Linux to take full advantage of Zing’s unique features and capabilities.

“Our goal is to make Zing the de facto choice for Open Source developers to achieve the most consistent Java performance and scalability,” said Scott Sellers, Azul Systems president and CEO. “Azul’s development teams have made extensive use of Open Source technologies over the years, and our new Open Source development initiative is another example of our commitment to the Java community and embracing Open Source software. We have put the lowest–latency and most scalable JVM freely into the hands of Open Source developers, removing the bottlenecks commonly associated with the Java runtime and enabling application innovation in a plethora of new markets such as in-memory computing and Big Data analytics.”

The Zing JVM provides Open Source Java applications with:

  • Improved application responsiveness
  • Reduced application latency
  • Elimination of response time outliers
  • Support for large, in-memory data processing
  • Elastic scalability with memory heaps that can grow or shrink based on real-time demand
  • Dramatically simplified application deployments
  • Reduced customer total cost of ownership
  • Accelerated time-to-market
  • Improved production time visibility and runtime diagnostics

"As developers have become increasingly important in adoption and procurement patterns over the past decade, availability has become a key factor in overall technology usage," said Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst at RedMonk. "With this announcement, Azul is trying to make it easy for open source developers to leverage and incorporate the Zing JVM."

Michael McCandless, Apache Lucene committer and PMC member, said "Azul's innovative Zing JVM and pauseless GC now enable Apache Lucene project developers to explore use cases requiring large heaps, such as holding an entire search index in memory for faster searching. Initial in-memory tests on the full Wikipedia English-language site index show Zing is truly pauseless while managing a heap in excess of 140 GB."

"I'm very happy that Azul is making their Zing JVM available for free to the open source community, and I believe the platform is a valuable part of the Scala toolchain,”said Martin Odersky, creator of Scala, Co-Founder and Chief Architect of Typesafe. “Typesafe and Azul share a common goal of providing the best solutions for scalability in the multicore age."

"Programming and architectural approaches that leverage immutability to enhance concurrency and scale will be well-matched by a runtime that is able to support high continual allocation rates without disruptions or pauses. By making the Zing JVM available to Open Source developers, Azul is making a fantastic contribution to the community," said Rich Hickey, author of Clojure and designer of the Datomic database system.

Martin Thomson, creator of the Open Source Disruptor Framework and co-founder of the Lodestone Foundation, a new project focused on Open Source technology for the financial industry, said, "I've been working with Zing for the past few months focusing on ultra-low-latency and scalable deployments. We are seeing excellent GC performance, consistency and predictability with the Zing JVM."

"By opening up access to the Zing JVM, Azul has made it easier for us to ensure JRuby applications will scale to large heaps and heavy loads,” said Charles Nutter, co-lead of the JRuby project. “Zing helps fulfill the enormous potential of Ruby on the JVM."

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