Compiling for Runtime Code Generation (Extended Version)
Smith, Frederick; Grossman, Dan; Morrisett, Greg; Hornof, Luke; Jim, Trevor
Cyclone is a programming language that provides explicit support for dynamic specialization based on runtime code generation. To generate specialized code quickly, our Cyclone compiler uses a template based strategy in which pre-compiled code fragments are stitched together at runtime. To achieve good performance, the pre-compiled fragments must be optimized. This paper describes a principled approach to achieving such optimizations. In particular, we generalize standard flow-graph intermediate representations to support templates, define a formal mapping from (a subset of) Cyclone to this representation, and describe a data-flow analysis framework that supports standard optimizations. This extended version contains two mappings to the intermediate representation, a less formal one that emphasizes the novelties of our translation strategy and a purely functional one that is better suited to formal reasoning.
computer science; technical report
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