The significant impact of the Jikes RVM research community was recently recognized by ACM's Special Interest Group on Programming Languages (SIGPLAN) who awarded the 2012 SIGPLAN Software Award to Jikes RVM.   Quoting from award citation (

The award names thirty two individuals who have made significant contributions to the project since it began in 1997.  It also calls out the much larger set of code contributors and researchers who have made the Jikes RVM community possible with their energy and involvement.  Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has been part of the Jikes RVM research community over the years!