The build-infra project is starting to move into jdk8. For the hotspot build to stay compatible with the changes, the naming of standard make variables, like CC and LD need to be standardized across the build. Currently hotspot names the C++ compiler CPP, which is traditionally the name of the preprocessor. The windows nmake files name the linker LINK. We would like to rename the C++ compiler to CXX and have the linker named LD everywhere.