Re: Intermediate Representation

Duke Briscoe <briscoe-duke@CS.YALE.EDU>
Wed, 08 Aug 90 17:14:13 GMT

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From: Duke Briscoe <briscoe-duke@CS.YALE.EDU>
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Keywords: coded, denotational semantics, optimize
Organization: Compilers Central
Date: Wed, 08 Aug 90 17:14:13 GMT

You might be interested in the following PhD thesis:

Compilation by Program Transformation

Richard Kelsey
Yale University
May 1989

Abstract: This dissertation describes a simple compiler, based on concepts
from denotational semantics, that can be used to compile standard programming
languages and produces object code as efficient as that of production
compilers. The compiler uses only source-to-source transformations. The
transformations are performed on programs that have been translated into an
intermediate language resembling the lambda calculus. The output of the
compiler, while still in the intermediate language, can be trivially
translated into machine code for the target machine. The
compilation-by-transformation strategy is simple: the goal is to remove any
dependencies on the intermediate language semantics that the target machine
cannot implement directly. Front-ends have been written for Pascal and
Basic, and the compiler produces code for the MC68020 microprocessor.


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