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Advanced Symbolic Analysis for Compilers

New Techniques and Algorithms for Symbolic Program Analysis and Optimization

Fahringer, Thomas, Scholz, Bernhard

2003, XII, 136 p.

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The objective of program analysis is to automatically determine the p- perties of a program. Tools of software development, such as compilers, p- formance estimators, debuggers, reverse-engineering tools, program veri?- tion/testing/proving systems, program comprehension systems, and program specializationtoolsarelargelydependentonprogramanalysis. Advancedp- gram analysis can: help to ?nd program errors; detect and tune performan- critical code regions; ensure assumed constraints on data are not violated; tailor a generic program to suit a speci?c application; reverse-engineer so- ware modules, etc. A prominent program analysis technique is symbolic a- lysis, which has attracted substantial attention for many years as it is not dependent on executing a program to examine the semantics of a program, and it can yield very elegant formulations of many analyses. Moreover, the complexity of symbolic analysis can be largely independent of the input data size of a program and of the size of the machine on which the program is being executed. In this book we present novel symbolic control and data ?ow repres- tation techniques as well as symbolic techniques and algorithms to analyze and optimize programs. Program contexts which de?ne a new symbolic - scription of program semantics for control and data ?ow analysis are at the center of our approach. We have solved a number of problems encountered in program analysis by using program contexts. Our solution methods are e?cient, versatile, uni?ed, and more general (they cope with regular and irregular codes) than most existing methods.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Compiler - abstract interpretation - algorithms - compiler optimization - data flow representation - program analysis - program analysis algorithms - program contexts - program optimization - program semantics - symbolic analysis - symbolic control - symbolic program manipulation

Related subjects » Software Engineering - Theoretical Computer Science

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