Sun has created the Real Time Expert Group (RTEG) to develop a realtime Java specification in an attempt to heal a growing rift within the Java community.
The move is the latest in the ongoing controversy over realtime Java, which late last year saw a group of Java dissidents, including Hewlett Packard and Microsoft, set up the Real Time Java Working Group (RTJWG to create its own version of Java for realtime applications.
While at least one member of RTJWG, Aonix, has decided to join the RTEG, David Wood, Aonix?s product manager for Java products, said the company was not abandoning its former allies.
He said Aonix would work on both realtime Java standards and hoped both specifications would ultimately be compatible. ?In theory, there is no reason why in the future you might not have compatible specifications,? he said.
But he added: ?The ultimate goal of the RJTWG is to support all the requirements for ?hard? and ?soft? realtime and embedded systems. There is some concern that the Sun [initiative] will not be adequate for all the requirements of the RTJWG.?
Greg Blatnik, vice president at market research firm Zona Research, claimed that technological concerns were not the driving force behind the dispute, however.
?My opinion is that there is a game of chess going on [between Sun and the RTJWG}. We?re dealing with an issue of control and of corporate intellectual property. I don?t think there necessarily are any technological advantages to one or the other,? he said.
The RTEG will be headed by Greg Bollella of IBM, and include representatives from 19 companies and institutions, including Sun, Nortel, Lucent, Motorola and Thomson CSF. The group will work on developing a specification for a version of Java that supports realtime applications.
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