Introducing Java Embedded @ JavaOne

Analysts predict that the next revolution in the industry will be the Internet of Things. Speaking in hyperbole, the message is that we first had the Internet of Computers (90s), then the Internet of People (2000s) and that the next Big Thing (tm) is when all the gazillion devices we have around us start becoming connected. This is labeled the Internet of Things. Catchy phrase, isn't it?

So what are all these "things"? Well, if you look around, you will probably see a dozen of them from where you read this. Your car, an elevator, your washing machine, a pretty screen on your home AC control unit that shows scary statistics on how much power you're consuming in the heat of summer. And so on. A common description of this entire segment is "embedded", and it is an entire industry in and of itself. This industry is in a state similar to the PC market in the early 90s. There is a plethora of operating systems, toolchains, frameworks and standards, and a very fragmented hardware market. Programming these devices require specialized skills and is arguably quite a bit more complicated than writing a web or phone app.

In my completely unbiased opinion (ok, flame bait) it is clear that Java could be highly beneficial for this market. It has a large pool of skilled developers, a very mature runtime and development tools, and a well established ecosystem of commercial vendors and open source communities. Java is fast to work with, greatly simplifies portability of code across devices and - very important - adapts well to a rapidly evolving underlying platform. So you are moving from 16 (not a joke) to 32-bit? Just get a 32-bit JVM and you're set. Your embedded chips are becoming multi-core? Java and the JVM have supported multi-core for an eternity. You want to share that nifty communication protocol code you wrote between your backend and your little edge device? No problem. See?

For those interested in learning how to program embedded devices in Java, JavaOne has long had dedicated tracks and sessions for embedded and that remains true this year. However, this year we also wanted to reach out to executives and decision makers and show how Java can enable your business to benefit from the Internet of Things revolution. For this purpose we hold a new sub-conference called Java Embedded @ JavaOne.

If you are a business leader, register now. Then come and find out from us and our partners how Java enables tying embedded systems to your enterprise backend, and how Java can help your business grow with the Internet of Things while reusing existing investments and retaining good TCO on new investments.

If you are a developer, tell your manager that they should come and need a technical advisor (you) who can attend the main JavaOne event. And while you're there, go to a few embedded sessions to learn something new, such as how to make LEDs blink, how to properly secure an embedded device to avoid privacy issues or how to make it talk to your Java EE service in the cloud. Then go home and program your Java-enabled coffee machine to make you a perfect cup of Java :-)

Comments:

Nice your speech I'd liek but can't attend javaOne I'll see it from my home and discover how great it's to understand java embedded

Posted by bebeandroid on August 20, 2012 at 03:40 PM PDT #

Making Java truly universal seems like an intelligent and well planned next step for the times to come. Thumbs up with embedded Java efforts.

Posted by Nabeel on August 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM PDT #

Hi, there will be a MIPS based version ?

Posted by guest on August 23, 2012 at 02:40 PM PDT #

We only produce standard embedded binaries for x86, ARM and PPC at present. However, we can provide custom ports to individual customers on request including MIPS. Contact Java Sales at your local Oracle sales office for details.

Posted by Henrik on August 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM PDT #

Embedded JRE is less ram and disk space consuming than JDK and it exists also for Arm v5 (JDK is only for Arm v6 or greater).

But on same cpu type performances are the same ?
Or one is faster than other ?
And what is the fastest ?

Posted by guest on August 27, 2012 at 07:16 AM PDT #

Guest - The various Java SE Embedded binaries are optimized for different architectures, and enable different feature sets. It's a balance of size vs functionality vs (to some extent) performance. For instance, the small footprint ARMv5 and v6 binaries only include the Client JIT, so smaller size, faster startup but lower runtime performance. The ARM JDK and one of the Java SE Embedded binaries include both Client and Server JITs, so larger footprint and (if the server JIT is used) slower startup but higher throughput.

Posted by Henrik on August 28, 2012 at 08:51 AM PDT #

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Henrik Stahl is VP of Product Management in the Java Platform Group at Oracle, and is responsible for product strategy for Java ME and SE.

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