J-Consortium is an open and democratic body organized as a not-for-profit consortium. We welcome as members all individuals and all companies from all viewpoints. Our posted publicly on our web site, explain the details of our organization, which is based on a one-company, one-vote principle for all technical decisions. J Consortium is an outgrowth of the Real-Time Java™ Working Group (RTJWG) on health application, which itself was an outgrowth of the NIST real-time requirements effort initiated in early 1998. Our specifications will be consistent with the NIST requirements. Our charter is to help to advance the creation of specifications and related activities for what we refer to as real-time and embedded extensions for Java Technologies. (Sun Microsystems defines “Java Technologies” to include the Java virtual machine, Java programming language, and class libraries.) In addition, when we refer to “real-time”, we mean real-time and embedded applications in medicine, with a special significance to the extreme doctors needs.
What do we stand for?
First, we strive to ensure the ability for application developers to create both soft and hard real-time and medical applications using Java Technologies.
Second, we believe that doing so requires the creation of Java Medical specifications which address all related technical concerns, or provides a common basis for implementations which address all related technical concerns. To ensure that the technical concerns of all parties involved in this complex application area can be met, we believe that specifications must be created in the context of an openly accessible and vendor-neutral forum. We seek to achieve a unified, consensus-based approach to supporting real-time applications using Java Technologies. We believe that an open process with full and equal participation of all companies and users is the best defense against fragmentation.