Oracle will disc.. Itanium

Volker Simonis volker.simonis at
Mon Mar 28 15:38:39 UTC 2011

Just for clarification (and in response to your last messages on the
"OpenJDK for Virtualization"-thread):

- OpenJDK doesn't currently support Itanium in any way (and it would
be not trivial to add Itanium support from scratch)

- IcedTea ( once build and
run on Itanium, but there's evidence that that's not the case anymore:
see Notice that this
was an Interpreter only version based on Gary Bensons Zero-port of the
the OpenJDK. As this project was sponsored by RedHad and RedHad
dropped Itanium support you probably don't have to be a visionary to
predict its future.

- JRockit had an Itanium version until 1.5, but as JRockit was
acquired by Oracle, and Oracle dropped Itanium support so you

- there have been rumors that HP (who have a current  Itanium JDK on
HPUX) also had a version which runs on Linux, but I've never seen it.
If you have a request from an "HP General Manager" you should probably
ask him...

- there's a current commercial Linux/Itanium JDK available from SAP -
but it's not distributed standalone, only in conjunction with other
SAP products running on top of it.

- theres a current binary version of the JDK available for
Linux/Itanium from Oracle but this version is maintained by Intel and
only downloadable from Oracle.

The most interesting question (and probably the only chance for Java
on Linux/Itanium) will be if Intel will be able (legally) and willing
(financially) to further support its port (being it as binary download
or in the open trough OpenJDK). But I doubt you'll get an answer for
this question on this list.


On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 11:49 PM, Fernando Cassia <fcassia at> wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 26, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Frans Thamura <frans at> wrote:
>> 64 bit era is over?
>> F
> Itanium began being irrelevant when AMD came up with the AMD64
> architecture. Then Intel admited defeat when it embraced it, labelling
> it EM64T.
> At Unisys, Itanium chip is dead
> The Intel Itanium is tottering towards death, analyst reckons
> So, overall your concern is 6 years old... AMD64-EM64T beat IA64 years ago.
> FC

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