analysis of compiler options via evolutionary algorithms
ACOVEA (Analysis of Compiler Options via Evolutionary Algorithm)
implements a genetic algorithm to find the "best" options for
compiling programs with the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) C and C++
compilers. "Best," in this context, is defined as those options that
produce the fastest executable program from a given source code.
Acovea is a C++ framework that can be extended to test other
programming languages and non-GCC compilers.
Acovea is envisioned as an optimization tool, similar in purpose
to profiling. Traditional function-level profiling identifies the
algorithms most influential in a program's performance; Acovea is
then applied to those algorithms to find the compiler flags and
options that generate the fastest code. Acovea is also useful for
testing combinations of flags for pessimistic interactions, and for
examining the reliability of the compiler.
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