On Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:57:21 PST (-0800), edward.nev...@gmail.com wrote:

I would like to voice my support for the creation of this project.

The process for creation of a new OpenJDK project is described at 

The initial discussion should be sent to the general discussion list, 
discuss.at.openjdk.dot.java.dot.net. I have cc'd this to the general discussion 


Assuming that the group lead of the porters project agrees to sponsor the 
project then the call for votes should be sent to

Note that only current OpenJDK contributors may propose the creation of a new 
project. If you are not a current OpenJDK contributor I am happy to propose the 
project on your behalf.

We never submitted the Tilera port, so I'm not a contributor at all. It would be great if you could propose the project for me.


I am happy to devote some 'spare' time to this project, but this will me 
limited to a few hours per week.

Well, that's about all the time I'll have as well :). I know that OpenJDK is way more work than a spare time project, but I'm hoping that we can at least get things started with a community effort and then see where things go from there.

I agree with the overall approach you outline below. You will probably end up 
doing C1 anyway. The s390 port tried to do it without doing C1 and they ended 
up doing C1.

Andrew Haley's suggestion of using a built in simulator is a good one. This was 
the approach used on the aarch64 project and it was invaluable  not just in 
terms of development time in the absence of hardware but in terms of 
debuggability. Also OpenJDK depends on a huge list of packages to build. Using 
this approach you can build and run on x86 while all the dependant packages are 
being ported.

That makes sense. IIRC there were a lot of headaches involved in getting this all together last time, and having a simulator seems like a good idea.

All the best,

On Thu, 2018-02-08 at 08:38 -0800, Palmer Dabbelt wrote:
[Sorry for the second email, it appears my SiFive email doesn't want to
subscribe to porters-dev.]

RISC-V is an open standard ISA stewarded by the RISC-V foundation
<http://riscv.org>.  With the recent release of glibc 2.27 we now have the full
RISC-V software base released from the various upstream repositories, which
means it's time to start moving forward with the rest of the software stack.  I
ran into Erik at FOSDEM a few days ago and he suggested that we open up the
discussion of an OpenJDK port for RISC-V.  While I'm not familiar with the
RISC-V Java efforts, I did part of a Hotspot port (a bit of the template
interpreter and much of C2) to Tilera's TilePro and TileGx architectures a few
years ago so I know a bit about the OpenJDK internals.

In the RISC-V community we view Java as a very important missing component of
the software ecosystem, so I was thrilled when Erik found me at FOSDMEM and
suggested there was community interest in a port.  Unfortunately, I won't have
time to properly help out with the port (I'm maintaining Linux, as well as
co-maintaining binutils, GCC, and glibc).  That said, I'd be very happy to help
out where I can.  I think a good way to move forward might be to:

* Create a project to own the RISC-V port, which is what this email is about.
  I'm OK being the project lead, at least until we find someone who will have
* Clean up our libffi port and submit it upstream.  Stefan O'Rear is in the
  process of submitting the port now, so it should all be moving smoothly soon.
  Submit patches for our Zero port.  While I didn't do the port I don't mind
  cleaning it up and submitting it.  I've added Martin who was more involved
  with the original port.  I think he's not working on RISC-V stuff now that
  he's at Google, though.
* Move forward with a proper OpenJDK port, starting with the template
  interpreter and eventually adding C2.  I'm not sure if C1 is actually
  deprecated, but we decided not to bother with it at Tilera because it didn't
  seem worth the extra effort at the time.  Of course, this would be up to
  whomever is actually doing the work :).

There appears to be considerable community interest in a RISC-V OpenJDK port,
so my hope is that while I don't have time to directly contribute much myself
that we'll be able to get something sane up and running.  Interested users can
test on QEMU, and we've recently announced a board (and associated beta program
that provide free boards to open source developers) so there's some hardware to
run on as well.

I'd like to request that the Porters Group sponsors this project with me as the


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