Compiler courses have been an academic mainstay in both undergraduate and graduate computer science departments. These courses emphasize either the implementation of languages or parallel processing. Little analysis is presented for generating excellent code for a language on a single processor.
Building an Optimizing Compiler addresses this gap. It provides a high level design for a thorough optimizer, code generator, scheduler and register allocator for a generic modern RISC processor. In the process it addresses the small issues that have a long impact on the implementation.
The book approaches this subject from a practical viewpoint. Theory is introduced where intuitive arguments are insufficient, however the theory is described in practical terms. A single running example is used throughout the book to illustrate the compilation process.
· Provides a complete theory for Static Single Aassignment Methods and partial redundancy methods for code optimization · Provides a new generatization of register allocation techniques · Techniques described are applicable to most programming languages for PCs, workstations or servers
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Most students who have taken a semester course in compiler would agree that a semester is too short even for just building a compiler, not to include the time used to learn the basics like parsing. This book is a good start at where your course left off. It covers many interesting and modern topics on building an _optimizing_ compiler, a compiler that generates compact and speedy code. As a comparison to the Muchnick one, this book is slightly less advanced but contains sufficient details to start one in this field. This book also excels in its clear and informative explanations. An interesting feature of this book (and also Muchnick) is that no concrete code/implementation is included. The focus is on the concepts of building an optimizing compiler and the theory behind code optimization, not exactly on how to build one (from scratch) using whatever programming language. The reader must come up with the implementation side of the story if she wants to apply the techniques...
This book just has it all. As the title suggests, this book is all about compiler optimizations. Don't expect to find anything about lexical analysis or parsing here, but that is exactly why I like this book so much. It is aimed at people who are familiar with the basic structure of a compiler and with data structures and algorithms.
The book describes the various phases the intermediate language of a compiler goes through before the final assembly or object file is written. It discusses such things as SSA form, lazy code motion and its application to load and store motion, scheduling, register allocation, etc. Important concepts, including (but not limited to) correctness, dominance, control dependence, and availability, are discussed and explained in detail. Algorithms and data flow equations are given with a proof and a clear explantaion. But this is not an algorithms cook book like Muchnick, the best part of this book is the synthesis of all the algorithms and...
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