The Unthinkable: Automated Theorem Provers for (Tracing) Just-in-time Compilers

Nikolai Tillmann, Michal Moskal, Wolfram Schulte, Herman Venter, Manuel Fahndrich

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Tracing just-in-time compilers (TJITs) determine frequently executed traces (hot paths and loops) at run time. These traces are then analyzed and optimized, and finally specialized machine code is generated. Up to now, TJITs employed standard compiler construction algorithms to analyze and optimize traces. We propose to leverage automated theorem provers to optimize traces at run time.