Compile Farms for Compiler Courses

"Peter H. Froehlich" <>
22 Dec 2001 22:58:30 -0500

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From: "Peter H. Froehlich" <>
Newsgroups: comp.compilers
Date: 22 Dec 2001 22:58:30 -0500
Organization: Compilers Central
Keywords: courses, question
Posted-Date: 22 Dec 2001 22:58:30 EST

Hi there!

I recently taught the compiler course at UCI. I was considering
having students generate code for a real machine, but alas, in a 5
week summer course, that was not really feasible. So they used a
weird stack machine of my own design.

However, the experience of teaching this course got me started
thinking about a "compile farm" for students. What I mean by this
is a set of different machines (using the same OS, most likely
NetBSD) that each have a different processor. Students would select
a processor they want to create code for, get an account on the
corresponding machine, and could hack away on their things in a
"native" environment.

I have collected a MIPS-based Cobalt Qube and a 68040-based Apple
Quadra so far, since those are the architectures I personally like
best. I was wondering whether anybody would be interested in
offering other machines or had any comments on this idea. Just
email me. :-)


PS: Yes, I know, there are emulators for a variety of processors.
In my opinion though, nothing beats working on the "real thing"
with all it's complications... :-)
Peter H. Froehlich <<><>>
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