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Rootbeer: A High-Performance GPU Compiler For Java

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Published on 13 August 2012 08:08 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Oracle
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In recent months there has been an initiative underway called Rootbeer, which is a GPU compiler for Java code. Rootbeer claims to be more advanced than CUDA or OpenCL bindings for Java as it does static code analysis of the Java Bytecode and takes it automatically to the GPU.

The MIT-licensed Rootbeer compiler weighs in at 20k lines of code for Windows and Linux. Rootbeer allows for all major Java code to be executed on the graphics processor in a seamless manner without explicitly targeting the graphics processor at development time. The code is written by a Phil Pratt-Szeliga of Syracuse University.

The goal of this work is to bring high-performance GPU computing to Java with minimal effort from the developer. More information on the Rootbeer Java project is available from its GitHub page.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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