ECE 553: Compiler Construction

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.

Course Resources


This is what I expect for a schedule, but (except for exam dates) is subject to change:

Tuesday Lecture Thursday Lecture
Jan 9: (no class: Winter Break) Jan 11: Intro/SML
Jan 16: Regexps Jan 18: Lexers
Jan 23: LL Parsing Jan 25: LR Parsing
Jan 30: LR Parsing/ML-yacc Feb 1: ASTs, Symbol tables
Feb 6: Static Analysis Feb 8: Static Analysis
Feb 13: Sub-typing Feb 15: Polymorphic type inference
Feb 20: Stacks & Procedure Linkage Feb 22: AST to IR
Feb 27: AST to IR Mar 1: Catchup/Review/etc
Mar 6: Basic Blocks Mar 8: Midterm Exam
Mar 13: Spring Break (no class) Mar 15: Spring Break (no class)
Mar 20: Instruction Selection Mar 21:  Data flow, liveness
Mar 27:Register Allocation Mar 29: Register Allocation (cont'd)
April 3: Dataflow Revisited April 5: Dataflow (cont'd)
April 10: Loops April 12: Garbage Collection
April 17: (TBD) April 19: Catchup, Review, or Compiler Hacking Day
April 24: Compiler Hacking Day