Speaker Prof. Dr. Helmut Seidl
Location 00.13.009A
Date Wednesdays & Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00
Module IN2053


The lecture is meant for students doing Master studies who are interested in compiler technology. 

Programs which we write should be both efficient and easily to maintain. In particular, maintainability means that programs should be well-structured and easily understandable also by humans. Being well-structured and easily readable, though, may often come at the price oft a degradation in efficiency at run-time.

For this reason, most compilers offer an optimization phase in which the source program is analyzed and where various transformations are applied to automatically improve efficiency. In some cases, it may happen that the attempt for improvement overshoots the target and results in programs which are perhaps fast but are no longer equivalent to the original program.

In the lecture, we give an overview over standard techniques for improving the quality of the generated code. In particular, we are interested in methods which guarantee that the resulting code still is equivalent to the source program.

The topics covered:

  • Intra-procedural analysis and optimizations
  • Abstract Interpretation and Interval Analysis
  • Interprocedural optimizations
  • Exploitation of hardware features such as registers, pipelines, caches, specific instructions
  • Optimization of functional languages
  • Optimization of Prolog

Last year slides


This winter semester the lectures and tutorials take place in person. We will keep you updated if the COVID-19 situation forces us to change the format of the class.

All information about the course will be available on Moodle. Throughout the semester all announcements will be communicated via Moodle as well.

Tutorials take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 14-16. There are voluntary homework assignments that we will discuss during tutorial sessions. You do not need to submit your solution in advance, as it will not be graded, but you should solve it before the tutorial.

The tutorial is given by Anastasiia Izycheva and Yanbin Chen .

Office hours are planned to be online (day and time TBD). 


  • Helmut Seidl, Reinhard Wilhelm and Sebastian Hack. Compiler Design - Analysis and Transformation. Springer, 2012.
  • Helmut Seidl, Reinhard Wilhelm and Sebastian Hack. Übersetzerbau 3: Analyse und Transformation. Springer, 2010.