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picoJava™-I is a small, flexible microprocessor core designed to directly execute Java™ bytecodes. The primary goal of this core is to enable chips with the best price/performance solution for running Java applications on a broad class of devices. The picoJava-I core provides between five to twenty times better performance than other means of Java execution. The design of picoJava-I is influenced by many characteristics of the Java language and the Java Virtual Machine™. These influences are discussed, the microarchitecture is presented, and the resulting performance is described.
Java, Java byte codes, microprocessors, microarchitecture
Marc Tremblay, J. Michael O'Connor, "picoJava-I: The Java Virtual Machine in Hardware", IEEE Micro, vol. 17, no. , pp. 45-53, March/April 1997, doi:10.1109/40.592314
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