controlling resource usage

John Atwood
Sun, 9 Sep 2001 04:49:09 -0700 (PDT)

Sounds to me like your describing Sittampalam's and de Moor's MAG system.

Jon Fairbairn wrote:
> The background is that an automatic programme transformation
> system never knows as much about the problem as the
> programmer, so it has little chance of making the right
> decisions. In addition, of course, the prerequisites for
> certain transformations are undecidable. As a result,
> although research has been done on automatic programme
> transformation for a long time, people still rewrite
> programmes by hand. The same applies to ordinary compilation
> (after all, compilation _is_ automatic programme
> transformation): strictness analysis is fine, but if your
> programme needs strictness and the compiler can't spot it,
> you have to annotate by hand anyway.
> So, roughtly speaking, the idea is that a programme would
> consist of two objects, the unoptimised source code, and an
> optimising compiler written specifically for that
> programme. Obviously we'd provide default_compile, so that
> to begin with one would need do nothing special.
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