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Migrating to BEA JRockit

This section describes how to migrate Java applications developed on another JVM to BEA JRockit so that they perform to their optimal capability when running on BEA WebLogic Server. It contains information on the following subjects:


About Application Migration

Migrating an application to BEA JRockit JVM is a relatively simple process, requiring some minor environmental changes and following some simple coding guidelines. This section provides instructions and tips to successfully completing this simple process. It also describes some of the benefits and possible problems you might encounter during migration and it discusses some best J2SE coding practices for you to follow to ensure that your application runs successfully once it is running on BEA JRockit.

Why Migrate?

BEA JRockit JVM is the default JVM shipped with BEA WebLogic Server. Although there are other JVMs available on the market today that you can use to develop Java applications, BEA Systems recommends that you use BEA JRockit JVM as the production JVM for any application deployed on WebLogic Server.

Migration Restrictions

Migration is available only for Intel-based Windows systems and Linux systems. For a list of supported platforms, please refer to:

Migration Support

Should you experience any problems or find any bugs while attempting to migrate an application to BEA JRockit 8.1, please send us an e-mail at We would appreciate if you could provide as much information as possible about the problem, for example:


Migration Procedures

This section describes basic environmental and implementation changes necessary to migrate to BEA JRockit JVM from Sun Microsystems HotSpot JVM or any other third-party JVM. It includes information on the following subjects:

Environment Changes

To migrate from HotSpot (or any third-party JVM) to BEA JRockit JVM, you need to make the following changes to the files.

Other Tips

For information on other coding practices that will ensure a successful migration of your application to BEA JRockit JVM, please refer to Recommended Coding Practices.

Tuning BEA JRockit JVM for Your Application

Once you've migrated your application to BEA JRockit JVM, you might want to tune the JVM for optimal performance. For example, you might want to specify a different start-up heap size or set custom garbage collection parameters. For more information on tuning BEA JRockit JVM, please refer to the Tuning BEA JRockit 8.1 JVM.

The non-standard options, that is, options preceded with -X, are critical tools for tuning a JVM at startup. These options change the behavior of BEA JRockit JVM to better suit the needs of different Java applications.

While all JVMs use non-standard options, the option names might not be the same from JVM to JVM; for example, while BEA JRockit JVM will accept the non-standard option -Xns to set the nursery in generational concurrent and generational copying garbage collectors, Sun's HotSpot JVM uses the option -XX:NewSize to set this value.

If you are migrating an application to BEA JRockit, we recommend that you become familiar with the non-standard options available to you. For more information, please refer to Command Line Options by Name.

You should also be aware that, being non-standard, non-standard options are subject to change at any time.


Testing the Application

Always test your application on BEA JRockit JVM before putting it into production. If you develop your application on the Sun JVM (HotSpot), you must test your application on JVM before you put it into production.

Why Test?

Some important reasons for testing are:

How to Test

To test your application on BEA JRockit:

  1. Run your application against any test scripts or benchmarks that are appropriate for that application.
  2. If any problems occur, handle them as you normally would for the specific application.


Submitting Migration Tips

The migration tips discussed in this section represent an evolving list. Often, a successful migration to BEA JRockit depends as much upon the application being migrated as it does to the VMs being used. BEA Systems welcomes suggestions based upon your experiences with migrating applications to BEA JRockit. Feel free to submit any migration ideas or comments to the BEA JRockit SDK migration newsgroup at:



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