- Hardcover: 856 pages
- Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann; 1 edition (August 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1558603204
- ISBN-13: 978-1558603202
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.8 x 9.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
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Optimizing compilers, which turn human-readable programming languages into the smallest, most efficient machine code possible, are among the most complex pieces of software ever written. Building a compiler is both science and black art and demands an intimate knowledge of data structures, algorithms, high-level programming languages, and processor architectures and their instruction sets. Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation presents a comprehensive and technically up-to-date look at design of real-world compilers for CISC- and RISC-based uni-processor architectures. The author led the advanced compiler design and implementation teams for both Hewlett-Packard's PA-RISC and Sun Microsystems's SPARC processors.
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From the Foreword by Susan L. Graham:
This book takes on the challenges of contemporary languages and
architectures, and prepares the reader for the new compiling problems that
will inevitably arise in the future.
The definitive book on advanced compiler design
This comprehensive, up-to-date work examines advanced issues in the design
and implementation of compilers for modern processors. Written for
professionals and graduate students, the book guides readers in designing
and implementing efficient structures for highly optimizing compilers for
real-world languages. Covering advanced issues in fundamental areas of
compiler design, this book discusses a wide array of possible code
optimizations, determining the relative importance of optimizations, and
selecting the most effective methods of implementation.
- Lays the foundation for understanding the major issues of advanced
- Treats optimization in-depth
- Uses four case studies of commercial compiling suites to illustrate
different approaches to compiler structure, intermediate-code design, and
optimization―these include Sun Microsystems's compiler for SPARC, IBM's for
POWER and PowerPC, DEC's for Alpha, and Intel's for Pentium an related
- Presents numerous clearly defined algorithms based on actual cases
- Introduces Informal Compiler Algorithm Notation (ICAN), a language devised
by the author to communicate algorithms effectively to people
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Where can I find the answers of the exercises in the book?
Muchnik does a clear, thorough job of laying out the basics, starting with the intermediate representation used. (If you get that wrong, nothing else is going to work.) He then moves on to the basics of symbol table structure - an issue that can get immensely complicated in systems like Microsoft's CLR. He also discusses run time support briefly. Although that discussion is good as far as it goes, it skips past a lot of the complexities of dynamic loading, debug symbol tables, simulation support, and related issues. They aren't strictly part of the compiled, executable code, but responsibilities of the compiler developer nonetheless. Next comes a brief description of code generation, crucial in normal environments but tangential to my own needs.
That's just the first quarter of the book, though. The rest is the real meat of the topic: code analysis and optimization techniques, over 600 pages of discussion. It's way too much to summarize here, but even that just an introduction to a huge technology. Still, you have to start somewhere.
By this point, you may be asking "But what about tokens, lexemes, and grammars? Isn't that what compilers do?" Well, yes, but it's done. Tool developers have made lexical analysis a commodity. The easily automated tasks are not where modern compiler distinguishes itself. This book addresses the semantic levels, getting the reader into the shallow end of the industry's huge pool of specialized compilation knowledge.
If you have to self-teach compiler development - good luck. Start here, though, and luck will have a lot less to do with the outcome.
compilers for almost twenty years. I try to order all the books
that have something unique to say about compiler design and
implementation. This is one of the best books I have seen on
advanced compiler design. I have owned it since it was first
published. Going back and rereading it I am reminded of what
and excellent book it is, which is what motivated this review.
Advanced compiler design deals with various forms of optimization,
including local, global and loop optimization. This is a complex
topic with thirty years of research behind it (it is interesting
to note that the late Gary Kildall, of CP/M fame, did some early
work on optiimization in the early 1970s). No single book can
provide complete coverage of all optimization issues. However,
this book, along with Allen and Kennedy's equally excellent
"Optimizing Compilers for Modern Architectures" covers almost
everything you need to know.
One of the problems with the academic literature on compiler
optimization is that it can be unnecessarily obscure. Muchnick
writes clearly, with the implementer in mind. He provides a
wide range of techniques, allowing the implementer to choose
the correct one for a given compiler. This approach is both
useful and necessary: there is no single method for building
a compiler, given the range of languages and design objectives.
Muchnick covers everything you need to know about local and
global scalar optimization, including scalar optimization in
loops and optimization for modern processor architecture.
The only thing missing is an indepth coverage of loop dependence
and optimization techniques, which is provided by Allen and
If you are working on the design, implementation or extension of
a modern compiler, this book should be part of your library.
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