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Are We There Yet? Simple Language Implementation Techniques for the 21st Century

Marr, Stefan, Pape, Tobias, De Meuter, Wolfgang (2014) Are We There Yet? Simple Language Implementation Techniques for the 21st Century. IEEE Software, 31 (5). pp. 60-67. ISSN 0740-7459. (doi:10.1109/MS.2014.98)

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Abstract

Research on language implementation techniques has regained importance with the rise of domain-specific languages (DSLs). Although DSLs can help manage a domain’s complexity, building highly optimizing compilers or virtual machines is rarely affordable. So, performance remains an issue. Ideally, you would implement a simple interpreter and still be able to achieve acceptable performance. RPython and Truffle are implementation techniques based on simple interpreters; they promise to perform at the same order of magnitude as highly optimizing virtual machines. This case study compares the two techniques to identify their similarities, weaknesses, and areas for further research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1109/MS.2014.98
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Stefan Marr
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 23:07 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63828 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Marr, Stefan: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9059-5180
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