Sun Microsystems has apologised for misleading customers about benchmark numbers for the beta version of its Java compiler.
Sun faced criticism last week over the disputed numbers, but the company that created Java had consistently defended its own actions. Untilnow.
"We're sorry about that," said Janpieter Scheerder, president of SunSoft, a division of Sun. "We should have said at the same time that we had the numbers and that they had been optimised. We didn't mean to be misleading."
Scheerder made his apology at Sun's Editors Day, a gathering for journalists at the company's headquarters here.
Last week, Pendragon Software charged that Sun, using Pendragon's CaffeineMark benchmarking tool, inflated the test results of its Solaris 2.6 just-in-time Java compiler by optimizing the compiler specifically for that test. Solaris is Sun's version of the Unix operating system.