Speaker Prof. Dr. Helmut Seidl
Location room 00.13.009A (in person)
Date Mondays, Tuesdays 10-12
Module IN2040


The class is planned to happen in presence (on campus in Garching). In case of sudden change of the pandemic-related rules we may have to change the format, stay tuned.


While trying to produce code for a programming language like Prolog, one quickly realizes that one would like to use certain instructions during the translation which are not already available on concrete machines. On the other hand, instruction sets of modern computers are changing so quickly that it doesn't seem useful for the compiler to depend on some arbitrarily chosen instructions. Such a dependance would mean that in a few years one would feel obliged to rewrite the compiler anew. With the implementation of the first Pascal compilers, one already arrived at the idea of first generating code for a slightly idealized machine, each of whose instructions then only need to be implemented on different target machines. Translation of modern programming languages like Prolog, Haskell or Java are also based on this principle. On one hand this facilitates portability of the compiler. On the other hand this also simplifies the translation itself since one can choose a suitable instruction set according to the programming language to be translated. In particular, we consider:

  • the translation of C;
  • the translation of a functional language;
  • the translation of Prolog;
  • the translation of a concurrent dialect of C.


The tutorial is given by Yanbin Chen and Anastasiia Izycheva.

All information about tutorials and org.details about the class will be available on Moodle.

To ask offline questions about the content and logistics of the class please join a student chat Zulip (with your TUMID) and search for streams with the prefix "VM22".