With more than thirty years experience developing compilers, Cliff serves as Azul Systems’ Chief JVM Architect. Cliff joined Azul in 2002 from Sun Microsystems where he was the architect and lead developer of the HotSpot Server Compiler, a technology that has delivered dramatic improvements in Java performance since its inception.
Previously he was with Motorola where he helped deliver industry leading SpecInt2000 scores on PowerPC chips, and before that he researched compiler technology at HP Labs.
Cliff has been writing optimizing compilers and JITs for over 25 years. He is invited to speak regularly at industry and academic conferences including JavaOne, JVM, ECOOP and VEE; serves on the Program Committee of many conferences (including PLDI and OOPSLA); holds more than a dozen patents; and has published many papers about HotSpot technology.
Cliff holds a PhD in Computer Science from Rice University.