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CSOM/PL: A Virtual Machine Product Line

Haupt, Michael, Marr, Stefan, Hirschfeld, Robert (2011) CSOM/PL: A Virtual Machine Product Line. Journal of Object Technology, 10 (12). pp. 1-30. ISSN 1660-1769. (doi:10.5381/jot.2011.10.1.a12)

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Abstract

CSOM/PL is a software product line (SPL) derived from applying multi-dimensional separation of concerns (MDSOC) techniques to the domain of high-level language virtual machine (VM) implementations. For CSOM/PL, we modularised CSOM, a Smalltalk VM implemented in C, using VMADL (virtual machine architecture description language). Several features of the original CSOM were encapsulated in VMADL modules and composed in various combinations. In an evaluation of our approach, we show that applying MDSOC and SPL principles to a domain as complex as that of VMs is not only feasible but beneficial, as it improves understandability, maintainability, and configurability of VM implementations without harming performance.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.5381/jot.2011.10.1.a12
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing > Programming Languages and Systems Group
Depositing User: Stefan Marr
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2017 17:48 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63842 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Marr, Stefan: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9059-5180
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