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Postgraduate Course: Compiler Optimisation (Level 11) (INFR11032)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces students to modern techniques in efficient implementation of programming languages. Modern processors and systems are designed based on the assumption that a compiler will be able to effectively exploit architectural resources. This course will examine in detail techniques to exploit instruction level parallelism, memory hierarchy and higher level parallelism. It will examine classic static analysis approaches to these problems and introduce newer feedback directed and dynamic approaches to optimisation. The course work will require students to implement selected optimisations in a research compiler and critically review literature in compiler optimisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser.

Maths background: Basic set theory, graph theory, statistics, linear algebra

Programming background: Proficient in an imperative programming language such as C. Some experience using a scripting language.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 75 %, Coursework 25 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1 - Understanding of inherent computational complexity of optimisation
2 - Development of optimizations via search based approaches
3 - Ability to parallelise programs via systematic algorithms
4 - Knowledge of dynamic and adaptive approaches to modern optimisation
Assessment Information
Written Examination 75
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0

The coursework will consist of one practical compiler exercise where students will design and implement an optimisation and evaluate it on a set of benchmarks, writing a report on their work and findings.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus *Compiler Construction, phase order, compilation as optimisation
*Architecture costs: Parallelism and Latency in uni and multi-processors
*Architecture "independent" optimisation, dataflow analysis, lattices and fixed points
*Code generation, register allocation and scheduling in superscalar and vliw processors
*High level analysis based on dependence analysis. Intra and inter procedural analysis, whole program analysis.
*High level transformations including linear algebraic formalisation, unimodular transformations and space/time representation
*Automated parallelisation. shared and distributed memory models. Linear algebraic approach to parallelisation.
*Adaptive optimisation: Feedback directed optimisation, iterative compilation, program specialisation and dynamic compilation eg JIT, DBT
*Compiler infrastructure case studies: SUIF, Machine SUIF, JIKES
*Current themes:low power compilation, automatic compiler generation and machine learning.

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Compilers and Syntax Directed Tools
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * A. Aho,R. Sethi, J.D.Ullman Compilers: Priciples, Techniques and Tools.
* S. Muchnick, Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation Morgan Kaufmann 1997
* R. Allen K. Kennedy Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures: A
* K. D. Cooper, L. Torczon Engineering a Compiler Morgan Kaufmann 2003
* A selection of conference and journal paper as appropriate
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 25
Private Study/Other 55
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
Course secretaryMiss Kate Farrow
Tel: (0131 6)50 2706
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