Queen Mary, University of London

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Queen Mary, University of London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronics Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Credits: 15.0
    Overlap: None
    Prerequisite: ECS401 ECS414 ECS421

    In this module, the students will learn how modern compilers work. A compiler is a tool for translating computer programs written in a higher-level programming language (such as Java or C) to a lower-level language or machine code. Major components of a compiler are lexical and syntactic analysis, semantic analysis, code generation and optimization. The module will provide an introduction to a range of concepts in programming language design and implementation, including runtime organization, memory management, assembler, linker, loader, static vs dynamic types and scopes, compilers vs interpreters, just-in-time compilation, bootstrapping, data-flow analysis, and link-time optimizations. The coursework includes 3-5 programming assignments, each of which builds a different component of the compiler. The students are encouraged to work in small teams. At the end of the semester, each team will have implemented a working (albeit simple) compiler from basic blocks and templates provided. Most students find it very rewarding experience.

    Assessment: 50.0% Examination, 50.0% Coursework
    Level: 6

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