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Many performance analysis tools for Java focus on tracking executed bytecodes, but provide little support in determining the specific contribution of native code libraries. This paper introduces and assesses a portable approach for characterizing the amount of native code executed by Java applications. A profiling agent based on the JVM Tool Interface (JVMTI) accurately keeps track of all runtime transitions between bytecode and native code. It relies on a combination of JVMTI events, Java Native Interface (JNI) function interception, bytecode instrumentation, and hardware performance counters.

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