SunSoft's Solaris Java compiler rigged for benchmark, says Pendragon

SunSoft rigged its Solaris OS 2.6 Java just-in-time compiler to run faster when tested with Pendragon's CaffeineMark, according to the president of Pendragon Software. 'It may have been an accident, but we noticed that 600 bytecodes of our benchmark can be found in SunSoft's just-in-time compiler,' says Ivan Phillips. 'We don't know how it happened, but we should do something about it.' In October, Sun claimed in a press release that its Solaris operating environment ran Java 50% faster than Windows NT, according to the CaffeineMark test suite.

SunSoft rigged its Solaris OS 2.6 Java just-in-time compiler to run faster when tested with Pendragon's CaffeineMark, according to Ivan Phillips, president of Pendragon Software.

"It may have been an accident, but we noticed that 600 bytecodes of our benchmark can be found in SunSoft's just-in-time compiler," Phillips says. "We don't know how it happened, but we should do something about it."

In October, Sun claimed in a press release that its Solaris operating environment ran Java 50% faster than Windows NT, according to the CaffeineMark test suite.

"We contacted SunSoft and they removed the JVM [Java Virtual Machine] from their Web site, but they did not remove the press release or issue any sort of retraction," Phillips says.

Sun officials could not be contacted for comment.

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