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This paper describes our experiences in porting the Jikes Research Virtual Machine from its first platform, AIX/PowerPC, to its second, Linux/IA32. We discuss the main issues in realizing both an initial functional port, and then tuning efforts to achieve competitive performance. The paper presents software engineering issues in building a portable runtime system and compilers, as well as specific optimizations to improve performance on IA32.

Stephen Fink 2002-05-23