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VMKit: a substrate for managed runtime environments

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VMKit: a substrate for managed runtime environments
Managed Runtime Environments (MREs), such as the JVM and the CLI, form an attractive environment for program execution, by providing portability and safety, via the use of a bytecode language and automatic memory management, as well as good performance, via just-in-time (JIT) compilation. Nevertheless, developing a fully featured MRE, including e.g. a garbage collector and JIT compiler, is a herculean task. As a result, new languages cannot easily take advantage of the benefits of MREs, and it is difficult to experiment with extensions of existing MRE based languages. This paper describes and evaluates VMKit, a first attempt to build a common substrate that eases the development of high-level MREs. We have successfully used VMKit to build two MREs: a Java Virtual Machine and a Common Language Runtime. We provide an extensive study of the lessons learned in developing this infrastructure, and assess the ease of implementing new MREs or MRE extensions and the resulting performance. I...
Nicolas Geoffray, Gaël Thomas, Julia L. Lawal
Added 14 May 2010
Updated 14 May 2010
Type Conference
Year 2010
Where VEE
Authors Nicolas Geoffray, Gaël Thomas, Julia L. Lawall, Gilles Muller, Bertil Folliot
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