- For Tuesday Feb 3, read the following papers:
- "Improved Optimization of Fortran Object Programs,"
R.G. Scarborough and H.G. Kolsky,
IBM Journal of Research and Development, pages 660-676,
November, 1980. (here)
- M. Auslander and M. Hopkins, "An Overview of the PL.8 Compiler,",
Proceedings of the 1982 ACM SIGPLAN Symposium on Compiler
Construction, Boston, MA, USA, June 1982.
(Also, SIGPLAN Notices 17(6))
- J. Cocke and P. Markstein, "Measurement of Program Improvement
Algorithms," Proceedings of the 1980 IFIP Congress,
North Holland Publishers, 1980. (Also, IBM RC 8111, 1980)
COMP 512 examines a variety of topics that arise in the
design and implementation of an optimizing compiler.
It assumes the material covered in COMP 412 as background.
It covers many topics and moves at a quick pace.
This course does not cover automatic detection of parallelism;
for that material, take COMP 515.
The course will rely on a large collection of technical papers.
Most of the readings are available in digital form. The lectures
page will include citations (with a doi if possible).
In addition to the papers, the course will rely on several chapters from
Engineering a Compiler, 2nd Edition.
Students who do not already have a copy of EaC2e should be able to
use the copies on reserve for the class in Fondren Library.
The course syllabus provides current information
on course policies and expectations.
Lecture notes are posted online, typically
before class. The lecture notes often have material beyond what
is covered in the lecture.
Over the course of the semester, students will implement a small
optimizer for a subset of ILOC.
Details and documentation are available on the project page.
The course will have a midterm and a final.
The exams will be closed-notes, closed-book, take-home exams, of
two to three hour duration.
For reference, the
lectures page from the 2013 edition of COMP 512 is still available.
It will give you an idea of what to expect in the course.
It also provides bibligraphic references for specific topics.
This site is maintained by Keith D. Cooper.
He is a poor e-mail correspondent.