Roll up! Roll up! It's JavaOne time again and Real-Time is hitting the Big Time

It's only a few short weeks until JavaOne 2008 and real-time features prominently in this years conference.

But first did you see the announcement that we just made available Sun Java RTS 2.1 Beta for Solaris and real-time Linux? If not then you just have! The 2.1 release primarily adds support for real-time Linux but it also has a few additions in terms of tool support — in particular the Thread Scheduling Visualizer is a really great way to get insight into what is happening at run-time with regards to thread scheduling. The TSV uses trace information generated by DTrace probes, so its presently restricted to running on Solaris.

Back to JavaOne and if you really want to get your hands dirty learning real-time Java then come along to the hands-on lab. Lab 7420: The Real-time Java Programming Challenge is running for the second year. You'll learn the basics of writing periodic threads (the foundation for many real-time control systems), see how external events (like POSIX signals) can trigger execution of real-time Java AsyncEventHandler objects, and how you can use use no-heap based memory management to avoid Garbage Collector delays (though with Sun Java RTS Real-time GC that's less of an issue than it used to be!). New this year is an exercise on using the Thread Scheduling Analyzer for determining why a deadline is being missed.

By the way, even if you can't make JavaOne this year, the labs will be available for download after the event through Sun Developer Network - look for Lab 7420.

As I said real-time is big-time at JavaOne this year and we almost have our own mini-track of real-time presentations, from inside and outside Sun:

  • TS-5767: (Tue. 4:40pm)
    • Real-Time Specification for Java™ (JSR 1): The Revolution Continues
  • TS-5716: (Tue. 6:00pm)
    • D-I-Y (Diagnose-It-Yourself): Adaptive Monitoring for Sun Java™ Real-Time System
  • TS-5609: (Wed. 2:50pm)
    • Real Time: Understanding the Trade-offs Between Determinism and Throughput
  • BOF-6353: (Wed. 7:30pm)
    • Meet the Sun Java RTS and SE Embedded Team
  • TS-4797: (Thu. 9:30am)
    • Fully Time-Deterministic Java™ Technology

So I hope to see you at the lab, or later at the BOF!

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