|Looking for references and experts on optimizing compilers email@example.com (1990-02-08)|
|Re: Looking for references and experts on optimizing compilers firstname.lastname@example.org (1990-02-09)|
|Date:||Thu, 8 Feb 90 10:07:08 PST|
|From:||email@example.com (Tom Kronmiller)|
After years of working on hardware design tools, I have become involved with
theoretical and practical aspects of implementing highly optimizing compilers.
In hardware CAD, it is frequently the case that the tools run for many CPU
hours, and this makes the customers unhappy. They would like to have
the software run in much less time. One of the things this suggests
is that the software should be made to run on parallel hardware.
In evaluating the cost/benefit ratio of parallelization, the question of
whether compilers can do the optimization for us arose, along with the
question of how well a compiler could do the job. This rekindled
my personal interest in the field of compilation, so I have been trying to
learn about the state of the art in parallelizing/pipelining compilers.
My request has two parts:
1. If anyone knows of good references to papers discussing theory
and practice, please advise me. Especially the practical aspects,
such as good data structures for representing programs (large
programs, by the way), successful heuristics for transforming the code
and empirically tested rules for ordering their application,
expected amounts of memory and MIPS required, expected degree
of pipelining or parallelizing to be attained, etc. I would take
on-line copies of papers, too.
2. I'd also like to know who are the true experts in this area; i.e.,
people with strong theoretical backgrounds, or especially people who
have successfully implemented highly optimizing compilers for some of
the newer pipelined RISC machines, or (say) the i860 or a hyper-cube.
I am interested in learning about their experiences with the various
newer architectures. I'm also interested in their opinions about manual
vs. automated pipelining/parallelizing.
Any information will be gratefully appreciated. Please reply via e-mail.
Thomas W. Kronmiller firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager, System Architecture
Software Development Environment Ph. 408-987-5479
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. FAX 408-727-5049
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