Optimizing compilers often perform an operation known as common subexpression elimination to improve code efficiency. Typically this is accomplished either by pruning a directed acyclic graph to replace eliminated subexpressions by memory fetches of stored values or by using partial-redundancy elimination, a data-flow analysis method. In this paper a higher-order strategic method is presented that rewrites expression trees to eliminate common subexpressions using equivalences in the lambda calculus. This approach offers several advantages-it is intuitive, transformations can be defined and applied within a high-level rewrite system, and it uses transformations for which correctness preservation can be proven.
- Common subexpression elimination
- Distributed data problem
- Higher-order strategies
- Program transformation
- Strategic programming
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Computer Networks and Communications