ENEE 759C: Compilers for Modern Architectures and Embedded Systems
Course Goals:To understand the fundamental technologies needed to target compilers to different kinds of modern general-purpose and embedded computing systems.
Course Prerequisite(s):ENEE 446 or ENEE 646 or equivalent.
Textbook(s)Andrew Appel, Modern Compiler Implementation in C, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Reference(s):Research papers referred to will be available online or distributed.
Topics:Introduction to compiler technology
Survey of architectures from a compiler standpoint.
Control flow graphs
Data flow analysis
Program dependence graphs
Static single assignment form
Instruction scheduling for VLIWs
Optimizations for instruction memory
Compilers for vector machines
Compiling multi-media applications
Software-exposed architectures : Memory disambiguation
Dynamic code generation and JIT compilers
Compiling applications into silicon
Software speculative pre-computation
Program analysis tools
Object-oriented compiler optimizations
Ensuring code safety
Power measurement and optimizations
Compiling for network processors
Course Structure:In the first approximately ten lectures, the instructor will present background material in compiler technology. A quiz in early march will test this background material. The remaining lectures will center around one student presentation in each lecture. Each presentation will be on one main research paper and a few secondary (or supporting) papers among a list of papers given by the instructor. Each student will present two papers on two different lectures in the course. A list of additional research papers will be provided; however, reading of additional papers is not mandatory - they are provided for students interested in further reading. Half-page written reports that summarize the main paper will be required for the first eight student presentations only. An end-of-semester course project will involve using the SUIF compiler infrastructure.
Since there are no exams beyond the quiz in early March, I have seen in the past that attendance tends to drop off after that for some students. To ensure that everyone learns from the class, there will be an attendance requirement for classes in which student presentations are made. To qualify for attendance a student must arrive within the first ten minutes of class. No more than one missed lecture will be allowed for full attendance credit, except in special pre-requested and pre-approved circumstances such as religious holidays, and for medical reasons.
Grading Method:Classroom presentation 1 20%
Classroom presentation 2 20%
SUIF project 15%
Half-page written reports (described above) 10%