|International Journal of Computer Applications
|Foundation of Computer Science (FCS), NY, USA
|Volume 131 - Number 16
|Year of Publication: 2015
|Authors: Anjan Kumar Sarma
Anjan Kumar Sarma . New trends and Challenges in Source Code Optimization. International Journal of Computer Applications. 131, 16 ( December 2015), 27-32. DOI=10.5120/ijca2015907609
The front end of a compiler is generally responsible for creating an intermediate representation of the source program whereas the back end of the compiler constructs the desired target program from the intermediate representation and the information in the symbol table. Before the intermediate code is passed to the back end of the compiler, it is necessary to improve the intermediate code so that better target code will result. The code optimization phase in a compiler attempts to improve the target code without changing its output or without side-effects. Today, most of the compiler research is done in the optimization phase. There are many classical techniques (e.g. Eliminating common sub-expressions, Dead-Code elimination, Constant Folding etc.) that have been used in code optimization. However, the increasing size and complexity of software products and the use of these products in embedded, web-based and mobile systems results in the demand for more optimized versions of the source code. This research paper discusses the challenges involved in code optimization for such systems and some recently developed techniques in code optimization.