CSC 255/455

Advanced Programming Systems

Fall 2004

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 assembly, function, and program levels. Specific techniques for imperative languages include data flow, dependence, and inter-procedural analyses; resource allocation; and program transformation for locality and parallelism. The course will also touch on theoretical issues in program semantics for higher order languages.

Course projects include a program analyzer and optimizer for a subset of the C programming language. Meets jointly with CSC 455, a graduate-level course that requires additional readings and assignments.

Instructor, office hours, and grading

Instructor: Chen Ding, Prof.

Teaching assistant: Abhinav Jalan

Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30pm to 13:45pm, CSB 632

Office hours:  Ding, Fridays, 11am to 12pm, in CSB 710, x51373.  Jalan, Wednesdays 2pm, in CSB 625, x52527.

Grading (total 100%)



Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures, Randy Allen and Ken Kennedy, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, 2001.  Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.  Available in the university book store.

Engineering a Compiler, Keith D. Cooper and Linda Torczon, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers.  Chapters 1, 8, 9, 10 and 13.  Available in the university book store.

The Lambda Calculus, revised edition, by H.P. Barendregt, Elsevier Science Publishers B.V., 1984.   Chapter 2 and 3.  Copies will be distributed by demand.