|Unit level:||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s):||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Computer Science|
|Available as a free choice unit?:||Y
Additional RequirementsStudents who are not from the School of Computer Science must have permission from both Computer Science and their home School to enrol.
To enrol students are required to have taken COMP11120 or one of the following: COMP11111, MATH10111, MATH10131, MATH10212, MATH10232, MATH10662, MATH10672
Any program written in a programming language must be translated before it can be executed. This translation is typically accomplished by a software system called compiler. This module aims to introduce students to the principles and techniques used to perform this translation and the issues that arise in the construction of a compiler.
OverviewAny program written in any programming language must be translated before it can be executed on a certain piece of hardware. This translation is typically accomplished by a software system called compiler. This module aims to introduce students to the principles and techniques used to perform this translation and the key issues that arise in the construction of modern compilers.
Teaching and learning methods
Learning outcomes are detailed on the COMP36512 course unit syllabus page on the School of Computer Science's website for current students.
- Analytical skills
- Problem solving
- Written exam - 100%
What is a compiler? A high-level view of compilation. General structure of a compiler. An overview of compilation technology.
Lexical Analysis (Scanning)
Regular languages/expressions, finite state machines, building regular expressions from a finite automaton.
Syntax Analysis (Parsing)
Expressing Syntax, Context Free Grammars, Top-Down Parsing, Bottom-Up parsing.
Context-sensitive analysis, Attribute Grammars, Symbol Tables, Type Checking.
Properties, taxonomy, Graphical IRs, Linear IRs.
The Procedure Abstraction, Linkage convention, Run-time storage organisation.
Code Shape, Instruction Selection, Register Allocation, Instruction Scheduling.
Topics in Compiler Construction
Code Optimisation, JIT Compilation.
COMP36512 reading list can be found on the School of Computer Science website for current students.
Written formative feedback is provided on student solutions of a set of problems which are commonly met when designing and building compilers; there are three such sets presented during the course.
- Lectures - 24 hours
- Independent study hours - 76 hours