This class is aimed at graduate students, seniors, and ambitious juniors who are strong/competent programmers. The pre-requisite for this course for undergraduates is CS/ECE 250 (or CS 104 or ECE 152 under the old numbering scheme). Graduate students should have a comparable background—they should be comfortable with programming, data structures, and MIPS assembly. Graduate students who lack such a background should certainly have complete mastery over the material in ECE 550 and/or ECE 551, with 650 and 651 strongly recommended.
I will assume you are a completely capable programmer at the start of this course.
This course is significant work: you will write a compiler from start to finish. For students who are adequately prepared for this course, this is an exciting, fulfilling, and fun experience. For students who are not prepared, this is not the course to learn to program in.
- The course syllabus (Spring 2017: future semesters may differ).
- SML intro and warmup exercises
- We will be using Piazza for class discussions/questions etc. I will also post various announcements, assignment corrections/clarifications, and so forth here.
- Old exams from previous semesters:
Spring 2014 Practice Midterm Solutions Spring 2014 Practice Final Solutions Spring 2014 Midterm Exam Spring 2015 Midterm Exam Spring 2016 Midterm Exam
This is what I expect for a schedule, but (except for exam dates) is subject to change:
|Tuesday Lecture||Thursday Lecture|
|Jan 10: (no class: Winter Break)||Jan 12: Intro/SML|
|Jan 17: Regexps||Jan 19: Lexers|
|Jan 24: LL Parsing||Jan 26: LR Parsing|
|Jan 31: LR Parsing/ML-yacc||Feb 2: ASTs, Symbol tables|
|Feb 7: Static Analysis||Feb 9: Static Analysis|
|Feb 14: Sub-typing||Feb 16: Polymorphic type inference|
|Feb 21: Stacks & Procedure Linkage||Feb 23: AST to IR|
|Feb 28: AST to IR||Mar 2: Catchup/Review/etc|
|Mar 7: Basic Blocks||Mar 9: Midterm Exam|
|Mar 14: Spring Break (no class)||Mar 16: Spring Break (no class)|
|Mar 21: Instruction Selection||Mar 23: Data flow, liveness|
|Mar 28:Register Allocation||Mar 30: Register Allocation (cont'd)|
|April 4: Dataflow Revisited||April 6: Dataflow (cont'd)|
|April 11: Loops||April 13: Garbage Collection|
|April 18: (TBD)||April 20: Catchup, Review, or Compiler Hacking Day|
|April 25: Compiler Hacking Day|