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CSC 255/455 Advanced Programming Systems, Spring 2009

What's New
  • The exam times are posted in the course schedule below. The final exam from last year (and answers) are available here.
  • homework 2 is out (Due: April. 24th 6:00pm).
  • homework 1 is out (Due: April. 15th in class).
  • Project group competition result has been posted.
  • Project group competition introduction has been posted.
  • Project Part 4 is out (Due: Mar. 18)
  • To assist preparation for the midterm on Feb. 25, last year's exam is available here
  • Project Part 3 is out (Due: Feb. 23 for GCC Track; Feb. 25 for URCC Track)
  • Interactive Ruby interpreter ( irb) is installed on all csug machines, thanks to Jim (Feb. 16)
  • Ruby Track is ready for project 2 (Feb.11)
  • URCC (Ruby-based C compiler) is ready for preview and demo (Feb. 9)
  • Project Part 2 is released (Due: Feb. 16th)
  • Project Part 1 is released (Due: Feb. 4th, different from the time on the schedule.)
  • Course project homepage posted (1/27)
  • TA's office hour posted
  • Prof. Ding's office hour changed to 10-11am Fridays (1/22)

Project group competition result

Project in Ruby track

Home page for projects

Class discussion page, 2008 discussion page, handy for your project

Schedule and Handouts (useful for taking notes during class)NEW

Class plan as of January 2, 2009

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.

This year a module will be added on languages and techniques for designing and analyzing parallel programs.

Instructor, office hours, and grading

Instructor: Chen Ding, Prof.

Teaching assistant: Bin Bao

Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2pm-3:15pm, CSB 601

Office hours: Ding, Fridays, 10am to 11am or by appointment, CSB Rm 710, x51373.
Bao, Mondays 10am to 11am, Thursdays 3pm to 4pm, or by appointment, CSB 631, x50469.

Grading (total 100%)
* midterm and final exams are 25% each
* the projects total to 40%
* written assignments are 10%

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 will be 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 will be 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 <nop>DrScheme environment.

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PDFpdf schedule.pdf r1 manage 24.2 K 2009-01-02 - 17:07 ChenDing class schedule updated 2-Jan-09
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