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The JPC Project - Java Computer Virtualization

Check out the latest virtualization on Java - The JPC Project from Oxford University.

JPC is a pure Java emulation of an x86 PC with fully virtual peripherals. It runs anywhere you have a JVM, whether x86, RISC, mobile phone, set-top box, possibly even your refrigerator! All this, with the bulletproof security and stability of Java technology.

JPC creates a virtual machine upon which you can install your favourite operating system in a safe, flexible and powerful way. It aims to give you complete control over your favorite PC software's execution environment, whatever your real hardware or operating system, and JPC's multilayered security makes it the safest solution for running the most dangerous software in quarantine - ideal for archiving viruses, hosting honeypots, and protecting your machine from malicious or unstable software.

JPC has been developed since August 2005 in Oxford University's Subdepartment of Particle Physics. It can be run on a number of devices, from PC's to mobile phones, and you can see some of the results of JPC in action (more soon!). Some might see JPC as part of a nefarious plot by mad scientists who want to harness every last CPU in the world for their research - but we prefer to see JPC as Java-hardened protection against their buggy programs.

JPC has been released in beta for members of Oxford University, and we are working on a suitable general licence for external users. In the meantime JPC technology can be licensed on a case-by-case basis, and we also offer our expertise to tailor the technology to your needs. If you would like to know more about our services and solutions then please contact us.

Key features:

  • Cross-Platform - JPC is completely implemented in Java, so it works seamlessly across all major computing platforms, including Windows, Linux and MacOS. JPC even works on non-x86 based hardware like ARM and SPARC.
  • Secure - JPC comes with the assured security of being run entirely within the Java sandbox. This means that the emulated hardware is completely isolated from the underlying hardware and cannot damage or interfere with it in any way.
  • Flexible - With JPC, you have complete configuration control with virtual peripherals and software libraries. And if you mess up, you only mess up your virtual PC. Just delete your disk images and start again.

Play Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers, Lemmings, Prince of Persia and more in this virtual DOS environment.

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Published Monday, March 26, 2007 8:23 AM by David Marshall
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