It has been some time, since the two posts  on Graal/GraalVM/Truffle, and a general request was when are you going to write something about “how to build” this awesome thing called Graal. Technically, we will be building HotSpot’s C2 compiler (look for C2 in the glossary list) replacement, called Graal. This binary is different from the GraalVM suite you download from OTN via http://graalvm.org/downloads.
I wasn’t just going to stop at the first couple of posts on this technology. In fact, one of the best ways to learn and get an in-depth idea about any tech work, is to know how to build it.
Building JVMCI for JDK8, Graal and Truffle is fairly simple, and the instructions are available on the graal repo. We will be running them on both the local (Linux, MacOS) and container (Docker) environments. To capture the process as-code, they have been written in bash, see https://github.com/neomatrix369/awesome-graal/tree/master/build/x86_64/linux_macos.
During the process of writing the scripts and testing them on various environments, there were some issues, but these were soon resolved with the help members of the Graal team — thanks Doug.
Linux & MacOS
$ ./local-build.sh $ RUN_TESTS=false ./local-build.sh $ OUTPUT_DIR=/another/path/ ./local-build.sh
$ ./docker-build.sh $ DEBUG=true ./docker-build.sh $ RUN_TESTS=false ./docker-build.sh $ OUTPUT_DIR=/another/path/ ./docker-build.sh
Both the local and docker scripts pass in the environment variables i.e. RUN_TESTS and OUTPUT_DIR to the underlying commands. Debugging the docker container is also possible by setting the DEBUG environment variable.
For a better understanding of how they work, best to refer to the local and docker scripts in the repo.
I have provided build logs for the respective environments in the build/x86_64/linux_macos folder in https://github.com/neomatrix369/awesome-graal/
Once the build is completed successfully, the following messages are shown:
[snipped] >> Creating /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/jdk8-with-graal from /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/graal-jvmci-8/jdk1.8.0_144/linux-amd64/product Copying /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/graal/compiler/mxbuild/dists/graal.jar to /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/jvmci Copying /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/graal/compiler/mxbuild/dists/graal-management.jar to /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/jvmci Copying /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/graal/sdk/mxbuild/dists/graal-sdk.jar to /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/boot Copying /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/graal/truffle/mxbuild/dists/truffle-api.jar to /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/truffle >>> All good, now pick your JDK from /path/to/awesome-graal/build/x86_64/linux/jdk8-with-graal :-) Creating Archive and SHA of the newly JDK8 with Graal & Truffle at /home/graal/jdk8-with-graal Creating Archive jdk8-with-graal.tar.gz Creating a sha5 hash from jdk8-with-graal.tar.gz jdk8-with-graal.tar.gz and jdk8-with-graal.tar.gz.sha256sum.txt have been successfully created in the /home/graal/output folder.
All the Graal and Truffle artifacts are created in the graal/compiler/mxbuild/dists/ folder and copied to the newly built jdk8-with-graal folder, both of these will be present in the folder where the build.sh script resides:
jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/jvmci/graal.jar jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/jvmci/graal-management.jar jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/boot/graal-sdk.jar jdk8-with-graal/jre/lib/truffle/truffle-api.jar
In short, we started off with vanilla JDK8 (JAVA_HOME) and via the build script created an enhanced JDK8 with Graal and Truffle embedded in it. At the end of a successful build process, the script will create a .tar.gz archive file in the jdk8-with-graal-local folder, alongside this file you will also find the sha5 hash of the archive.
In case of a Docker build, the same folder is called jdk8-with-graal-docker and in addition to the above mentioned files, it will also contain the build logs.
Running unit tests
Running unit tests is a simple command:
mx --java-home /path/to/jdk8 unittest
This step should follow the moment we have a successfully built artifact in the jdk8-with-graal-local folder. The below messages indicate a successful run of the unit tests:
>>>> Running unit tests... Warning: 1049 classes in /home/graal/mx/mxbuild/dists/mx-micro-benchmarks.jar skipped as their class file version is not supported by FindClassesByAnnotatedMethods Warning: 401 classes in /home/graal/mx/mxbuild/dists/mx-jacoco-report.jar skipped as their class file version is not supported by FindClassesByAnnotatedMethods WARNING: Unsupported class files listed in /home/graal/graal-jvmci-8/mxbuild/unittest/mx-micro-benchmarks.jar.jdk1.8.excludedclasses WARNING: Unsupported class files listed in /home/graal/graal-jvmci-8/mxbuild/unittest/mx-jacoco-report.jar.jdk1.8.excludedclasses MxJUnitCore JUnit version 4.12 ............................................................................................ Time: 5.334 OK (92 tests)
So what have we got that’s different from the JDK we started with. If we compare the boot JDK with the final JDK here are the differences:
Combination of diff between $JAVA_HOME and jdk8-with-graal and meld will give the above:
diff -y --suppress-common-lines $JAVA_HOME jdk8-with-graal | less
meld $JAVA_HOME ./jdk8-with-graal
Note: $JAVA_HOME points to your JDK8 boot JDK.
Build execution time
The build execution time was captured on both Linux and MacOS and there was a small difference between running tests and not running tests:
Running the build with or without tests on a quad-core, with hyper-threading:
real 4m4.390s user 15m40.900s sys 1m20.386s ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ user + sys = 17m1.286s (17 minutes 1.286 second)
Similar running the build with and without tests on a dual-core MacOS, with 4GB RAM, SSD drive, differs little:
real 9m58.106s user 18m54.698s sys 2m31.142s ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ user + sys = 21m25.84s (21 minutes 25.84 seconds)
Disclaimer: these measurements can certainly vary across the different environments and configurations. If you have a more accurate way to benchmark such running processes, please do share back.
In this post, we saw how we can build Graal and Truffle for JDK8 on both local and container environments.
The next thing we will do is build them on a build farm provided by Adopt OpenJDK. We will be able to run them across multiple platforms and operating systems, including building inside docker containers. This binary is different from the GraalVM suite you download from OTN via http://graalvm.org/downloads, hopefully we will be able to cover GraalVM in a future post.