Run-time code generation is an alternative and complement to compile-time program analysis and optimization. Static analyses are inherently imprecise because most interesting aspects of run-time behavior are uncomputable. By deferring aspects of compilation to run time, more precise information about program behavior can be exploited, leading to greater opportunities for code improvement. The cost of performing optimization at run time is of paramount importance, since it must be repaid by improved performance in order to obtain an overall speedup. This paper describes a lightweight approach to run-time code generation, called deferred compilation, in which compile-time specialization is employed to reduce the cost of optimizing and generating code at run time. Implementation strategies developed for a prototype compiler are discussed, and the results of preliminary experiments demonstrating significant overall speedup are presented. 1 Introduction Many compiler optimizations depend ...
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Department of Computer Science, University of Melbourne