Undergraduate Program

CSC255 Spring 2011

Course: CSC  255
Term: Spring 2011-2012

CSC 255/455 Advanced Programming Systems (Spring 2011)

Lecture slides, demostration programs, and some of the reading material will be distributed through the class repository.  Assignments and projects will be submitted through the repository as well. 


 Course description

With the increasing diversity and complexity of computers and their applications, the development of efficient, reliable software has become increasingly dependent on automatic support from compilers & other program analysis and translation tools. This course covers principal topics in understanding and transforming programs by the compiler and at run time. Specific techniques include data flow and dependence theories and analyses; type checking and program correctness, security, and verification; memory and cache management; static and dynamic program transformation; and performance analysis and modeling.

Course projects include the design and implementation of program analysis and improvement tools.  Meets jointly with CSC 255, an undergraduate-level course whose requirement includes a subset of topics and a simpler version of the project.

This year there will be new modules on dynamic program optimization and parallel programming for multicore and GPU.

 Instructor and grading

Instructor: Chen Ding, Prof., CSB Rm 710, x51373
Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2pm-3:15pm, CSB 632
Office hours: Ding, by appointment (use IM or email). 
You may contact us using instant messaging through any Jabber IM client such as a gmail address. Connect address TBA.

Grading (total 100%)

 Class repository

The class repository is managed by the distributed version control system called Mercurial.  If you haven't used Mercurial before, it is easy to follow one of the many on-line tutorials. The basic commands you need are as follows. Note that unlike subversion (svn), you have a copy of the repository on your local machine, and you check out from and check into the local repository.

Before you start, make sure that you have an account on cycle1.cs.rochester.edu

Create your local repository in a directory, which we use cs255repos as an example.  The sequence of commands needed are

mkdir cs255repos 
cd cs255repos
hg init

Create the file cs255repos/.hg/hgrc and add the following (if your repository is not on the same network as cycle1, e.g. on your laptop).  Otherwise use file://u/cding/cs255hg instead of ssh addresses.  If ssh is used, you will need to type in your password each time you synchronize with server repository (your local commits never require a password).

default = ssh://[uid]@cycle1.cs.rochester.edu//u/cding/cs255hg
default-push = ssh://[uid]@cycle1.cs.rochester.edu//u/cding/cs255hg

Set up your user name by creating the file in your home directory ~/.hgrc and add the following

username = First, Last <email>

 Textbooks and other resources

Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures (UR access through books24x7), Randy Allen and Ken Kennedy, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2001. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. lecture notes from Ken Kennedy. On-line Errata

Engineering a Compiler, Keith D. Cooper and Linda Torczon, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers. Chapters 1, 8, 9, 10 and 13. lecture notes and additional reading from Keith Cooper. On-line Errata

The Little Schemer, Daniel Friedman and Matthias Felleisen, MIT Press. Auxiliary reading. To play with lambda calculus, use the DrScheme environment.

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