Building Program Optimizers with Rewriting Strategies

@inproceedings{Visser1998BuildingPO,
  title={Building Program Optimizers with Rewriting Strategies},
  author={Eelco Visser and Zine-El-Abidine Benaissa and Andrew P. Tolmach},
  booktitle={ICFP},
  year={1998}
}
We describe a language for defining term rewriting strategies, and its application to the production of program optimizers. Valid transformations on program terms can be described by a set of rewrite rules; rewriting strategies are used to describe when and how the various rules should be applied in order to obtain the desired optimization effects. Separating rules from strategies in this fashion makes it easier to reason about the behavior of the optimizer as a whole, compared to traditional… CONTINUE READING
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