TITLE

Chapter 7: Experiments with GHC's Optimiser

AUTHOR(S)
Németh, László
PUB. DATE
March 2006
SOURCE
Trends in Functional Programming Volume 5;2006, Vol. 5, p97
SOURCE TYPE
Book
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There are several tricky aspects of compiling a functional language: what optimisations to perform, how to do them efficiently, and when, or more precisely in what order, the optimisations should be done. The literature discussing the first question is abundant, for the second is somewhat sparse and for the third is almost non-existent. This paper uses the Glasgow Haskell Compiler (GHC) to investigate when the optimisations should be performed to gain maximum benefits, where maximum benefits is defined as shortest runtime, for a given set of optimisations. We focus on GHC, because it has been developed as a test bed for compiler research, but we stress that the techniques are applicable to any other compiler for a functional language.
ACCESSION #
26215094

 

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