While Microsoft and JavaSoft issued rival benchmarks on Java performance this week, it emerged that behind the scenes, they were, for once, co-operating on official benchmarks for the language.
Microsoft has just joined SpecJava, a sub-committee of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp, which also includes Netscape, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard among its members.
The sub-committee is chaired by Walter Bays, a senior systems engineer at Sun Microsystems, who said two of SunSoft?s benchmarks, Raytrace and Javac, are among the 13 that are being considered by SpecJava for adoption.
Another being evaluated is Sandia Laboratories? expert system, which is a real-world application that puts a lot of stress on the Java language and the Virtual Machine.
Bays said he hoped the first set of Java benchmarks would be available by the first quarter of 1998. SpecJava also plans to provide standardised Java source code, based on existing applications and ported to a number of platforms.
But, in last weeks? CaffeineMark benchmark tests, SunSoft?s results showed Java running nearly eight times faster on Solaris than on Windows NT, while Microsoft showed Java running nearly 20 times faster running in version 4.0 of Internet Explorer than version 1.1.2 of the Java Developers Kit.
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