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Applying support vector machines to discover just-in-time method-specific compilation strategies

  • Author / Creator
    Nabinger Sanchez, Ricardo
  • Adaptive Just-in-Time compilers employ multiple techniques to concentrate compilation efforts in the most promising spots of the application, balancing tight compilation budgets with an appropriate level of code quality. Some compiler researchers propose that Just-in-Time compilers should benefit from method-specific compilation strategies. These strategies can be discovered through machine-learning techniques, where a compilation strategy is tailored to a method based on the method's characteristics. This thesis investigates the use of Support Vector Machines in Testarossa, a commercial Just-in-Time compiler employed in the IBM J9 Java Virtual Machine. This new infrastructure allows Testarossa to explore numerous compilation strategies, generating the data needed for training such models. The infrastructure also integrates Testarossa to learned models that predict which compilation strategy balances code quality and compilation effort, on a per-method basis. The thesis also presents the results of an extensive experimental evaluation of the infrastructure and compares these results with the performance of the original Testarossa.

  • Subjects / Keywords
  • Graduation date
    2010-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R37W4H
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Computing Science
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Szafron, Duane (Computing Science)
    • Amaral, José Nelson (Computing Science)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Sutton, Richard S. (Computing Science)
    • Cockburn, Bruce F. (Electrical and Computer Engineering)