HipHop VM (HHVM) is a new open-source virtual machine designed for executing programs written in PHP. HHVM uses a just-in-time compilation approach to achieve superior performance while maintaining the flexibility that PHP developers are accustomed to. HipHop VM (and before it HPHPc) has realized > 5x increase in throughput for Facebook compared with Zend PHP 5.2.
HipHop is most commonly run as a standalone server, replacing both Apache and modphp.
You can run standalone programs just by passing them to hhvm:
HipHop bundles in a webserver. So if you want to run on port 80 in the current directory:
sudo hhvm -m server
For anything more complicated, you'll want to make a config.hdf and run
sudo hhvm -m server -c config.hdf.
If you want to help but don't know where to start, try fixing some of the Zend tests that don't pass. You can run them with hphp/test/run. When they work, move them to zend/good and send a pull request.
HipHop VM is licensed under the PHP and Zend licenses except as otherwise noted.