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Advanced Compiler Construction (6p)

DFDA001, 2008VT

Status Archive
School National Graduate School in Computer Science (CUGS)
Division SAS
Owner Christoph Kessler
Homepage http://www.ida.liu.se/~chrke/courses/ACC/ACC.shtml

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Course plan


Ca. 32 h lectures in 2-3 intensive weeks.
Additionally some lessons and lab sessions.

Recommended for

Ph.D. students or practitioners in computer science or systems engineering.

The course was last given

vt1/2004. The course is usually given every second year only.


Give Ph.D. students or practitioners knowledge about advanced compiler technology, including program analysis, intermediate representations, compiler optimizations,
code generation, compiler frameworks, run-time systems, compilation techniques for embedded systems, and compiler
generation tools for code generation from natural semantics specifications.


Basic course in compiler construction, corresponding to the undergraduate courses Compilers and Interpreters, or
Compiler Construction.
Basic course in data structures and algorithms.
Basic knowledge in processor architecture.
Programming in C++/Linux for the Compiler framework labs.
Some background in combinatorial optimization may be useful.


Introduction: Processor architectures, code generation, intermediate representations, tools.
Foundations, e.g., control and data dependence, data flow analysis. Interprocedural analysis.
Overview of optimizations.
SSA and its construction.
SSA based optimizations.
Memory SSA.
Chi functions in lazy memory SSA based analysis. Firm.
Compiler generators.
Interprocedural optimization.
Code selection. Instruction scheduling. Register allocation.
Mutation scheduling.
Data dependence analysis. Loop transformations.
Loop parallelization. Software pipelining.
Memory hierarchy optimization.
Special code generation problems for irregular architectures, DSPs.
Compiling for multicore processors.
Other topics, e.g., code motion, binary translation, garbage collection, as time permits.


2 intensive weeks of lecturing, including some lessons
(assistant-guided repetition + problem solving sessions).
Possibly shared lab sessions with some open-source compiler framework.
Several extra sessions for student presentations
at the end of the course.


To be announced on the

course home page


Christoph Kessler (course leader),
Welf Löwe


Christoph Kessler,
Welf Löwe


LAB2: Compiler framework labs 3p
TEN1: Written or oral exam 4.5p
PRE1: Presentation, written summary, opposition 1.5p


9 hp (6)

Organized by



CUGS advanced course.


Linköping, usually in february / early march (e.g. weeks 9 and 10).
See the course homepage for the preliminary dates.

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Last updated: 2012-05-03