"JavaScript Ahead-of-Time Compilation"

Manuel Serrano, INRIA Sophia Antipolis

Monday, November 5, 2018 at 12:00 Noon

Room 368 (3rd Floor CIT)

Static compilation, a.k.a., ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation, is an alternative approach to JIT compilation that can combine good speed and lightweight memory footprint, and that can accommodate read-only memory constraints that are imposed by some devices and some operating systems. Unfortunately the highly dynamic nature of JavaScript makes it hard to compile statically and all existing AOT compilers have either gave up on good performance or full language support. We have designed and implemented an AOT compiler that aims at satisfying both. It supports full unrestricted ECMAScript 5.1 plus many ECMAScript 2017 features and the majority of benchmarks are within 50% of the performance of one of the fastest JIT compilers.

Manuel Serrano is a researcher at INRIA Sophia-Antipolis, where he has created the Bigloo, Hop, and other languages and compilers.

Host: Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi