Kathryn McKinley <mckinley@cs.utexas.edu> wrote on 12/12/2009 03:01:22 PM:

> Dear Andy & others using Jikes RVM,
>
> It is in your best interest to contribute all your code to Jikes RVM.
>
> YOU WILL BECOME MORE CITED & FAMOUS if you (1) contribute a research
> patch or (2) take the time to contribute to the head of Jikes RVM.
>
> WHY will this happen?  

> By making your code available in the head,  future researchers must
> build on it when they download the latest  version.  Thus, if they
> do something at all related to your work, they will need to cite
> your paper, and likely will also read it. ;-)

>
> If some researcher has an idea based on your work, now they can
> quickly implement  and publish it.  Your work is thus likely to have
> much more influence if it is available in code in Jikes RVM because
> it reduces the time others need to take to build on your ideas.  
> (Together with my collaborators, we have an endless stream of
> examples on this front.)

>
> It builds your research reputation as a person/group who produces
> verifiable results that contribute to the scientific endeavor as
> both ideas and infrastructure, on which others can build.

>
> Please contribute all code that results in a publication to Jikes
> RVM as at least research patch, and at best, to the head.
>
> Kathryn S McKinley
> Professor of Computer Science
> The University of Texas at Austin,

I fully agree with Kathryn.

The time it takes to do this will be paid off in many ways.  
Please keep the big picture in mind.

Mike
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Michael Hind, Senior Manager, Programming Technologies Department
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
http://www.research.ibm.com/people/h/hind