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CSC 255/455 Advanced Programming Systems, Spring 2008

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 and other program analysis and translation tools. This course covers principal topics in understanding and transforming programs at the code block, function, program, and behavior levels. Specific techniques for imperative languages include data flow, dependence, inter-procedural, and profiling analyses; resource allocation; and program transformation for locality and parallelism. Necessary parts of programming language theory are also covered, including basic lambda calculus and the correctness of program transformation.

Course projects include a program analyzer and optimizer based on Gcc for compiling a subset of the C programming language. Meets jointly with CSC 255, an undergraduate-level course whose requirement includes a subset of topics and a simpler version of the project.

Instructor, office hours, and grading

Instructor: Chen Ding, Prof.

Teaching assistant: Xiaoming Gu

Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2pm-3:15pm, CSB 632

Office hours: Ding, Fridays, 11am to 12pm or by appointment, in CSB 710, x51373. Gu, Wednesdays, 10am to 11am or by appointment, in CSB 726, x55414.

Grading (total 100%)

  • midterm and final exams are 25% each
  • the project is 40%
  • written assignments are 10% total


Updated March 26, 2008

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. The book is available in the university book store. 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. The book is available in the university book store. On-line Errata

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

Copies of the above three books are on reserve at Calson Library

Improving Effective Bandwidth through Compiler Enhancement of Global Cache Reuse, Chen Ding and Ken Kennedy, Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Volume 64, Issue 1, January 2004, Elsevier Press, pages 108--134. reading for March 5th lecture

Blended analysis for performance understanding of framework-based applications, Dufour, Ryder, and Devitsky, Proceedings of the 2007 international symposium on Software testing and analysis. reading for Barbara Ryder talk on Feb. 11

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