Java: How to Slash Down Building Times Using the Cloud

by Per Minborg

on May 21, 2019

Java: How to Slash Down Building Times Using the Cloud

Building larger Java projects on a laptop with Maven can be frustrating and slow. Learn how you could slash down building times by building in the cloud instead.


As a founder of open-source Speedment Stream ORM, I usually build the project several times per day on my now somewhat old laptop (Macbook Pro, Mid 2015). The Speedment project consists of over 60 modules and the build process is managed by Maven. The project lives here on Github.

I wanted to find out if I could save time by building the project in the cloud instead. In this short article, I will share my results. I have compared my laptop with Oracle Cloud, running the same build process.

I am using the following setup:

Laptop Oracle Cloud
Java JDK OracleJDK 1.8.0_191 OracleJDK 1.8.0_201
Maven Version 3.6.0 3.5.4
CPU Cores 4 4
CPU Type 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 2.0 GHz Intel Xeon Platinum 8167M
RAM 30G 16G

I should mention that we also have continuous integration servers that run in the cloud using Jenkins.


Pers-MBP:speedment pemi$ time mvn clean install

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 07:46 min
[INFO] Finished at: 2019-04-09T15:34:25+02:00
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

real 7m48.065s
user 12m33.850s
sys 0m50.476s

Oracle Cloud

[opc@instance-20190409-xxxx speedment]$ time mvn clean install

[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------
[INFO] Total time: 03:41 min
[INFO] Finished at: 2019-04-09T13:30:20Z
[INFO] ------------------------------------------------------------------------

real 3m42.602s
user 10m22.353s
sys 0m32.967s

Parallel Builds

Running parallel builds reduce building time:

Pers-MBP:speedment pemi$ time mvn -T 4 clean install

real 4m47.629s
user 14m24.607s
sys 0m56.834s

[opc@instance-20190409-xxxx speedment]$ time mvn -T 4 clean install

real 3m21.731s
user 11m15.436s
sys 0m34.000s


The following graph shows a comparison for sequential Speedment Maven builds on my laptop vs. Oracle Cloud (lower is better):

The next graph shows a comparison for parallel builds (lower is better):

The conclusion is that sequential build time was reduced by over 50% when I used the cloud solution and the parallel build time was reduced by 30%.

If I re-build completely two times a day, this means I will save 2 hours per month. More importantly, I will get feedback faster so I could stay “in the development flow”.

As a final word, it should be noted that there are other complementary ways of reducing building times including selecting appropriate maven and JVM parameters, only build changed modules and running the build under GraalVM.


Speedment Open Source:
Oracle Cloud:


Per Minborg

Per Minborg is a Palo Alto based developer and architect, currently serving as CTO at Speedment, Inc. He is a regular speaker at various conferences e.g. JavaOne, DevNexus, Jdays, JUGs and Meetups. Per has 15+ US patent applications and invention disclosures. He is a JavaOne alumni and co-author of the publication “Modern Java”.