Lehrstuhl Informatik II   
Sprachen und Beschreibungsstrukturen      
   Home Lehre Sommersemester 18 Vorlesungen Compiler Construction I login

Compiler Construction I

Dozent:Dr. Michael Petter
Ort/Zeit:MI HS 2 Thursdays 14:15-15:45
Beschreibung:    Introduction to Compilerconstruction - how to translate an imperative language.


  • 12.10.2018 14:00: Exam Review in MI 02.07.051


  • Two Tutorial sessions:
    Mo, 8:30-10:00 MI 02.07.014
    Thu 10:00-11:30 MI 02.07.014

Slides (state of Aug. 14th 2017):



A Compiler is an essential part of the system software stack. Its job consists in translating programs from a high-level programming language like C or Java into a sequence of machine instructions of an actual processor. Compilers are comparatively complex programs. Their construction involves ideas and approaches from many different areas of computer science. The first two phases, i.e. lexical and syntactical analysis of the input program, are a major application for formal methods. Later on, e.g. during code generation, we treat methods for register allocation via approximative graph colouring.

The lecture is divided into the following topics:

  1. Outline of compiler construction
  2. Lexikal analysis:
    From regular expressions to NFAs
    Scannerdesign with NFAs
  3. Syntactical analysis
    Contextfree languages & pushdown automata
    Item-Pushdownautomata & Recursive Descent Parsing
    Shift-Reduce Parsing & LR(1) Parser
  4. Semantical analysis
  5. Codegeneration
    Code generation schemes
  6. Optimizations

Finally we may find time for less standard techniques for compilers, as e.g. the type inference of programs.

Exam FAQ:

  1. Attention: There will be only one exam at the end of the semester, and no repetition exam in the winter!
  2. You are allowed to bring all printed or handwritten material, you like
  3. In case you did not pass, you have the opportunity to take "Programming Languages" or "Program Optimization" next semester or alternatively repeat the exam next summer.


Wilhelm, Seidl, Hack: Compiler Design: Syntactic and Semantic Analysis

for TUM students, the German edition is downloadable for free through the TUM/LRZ-Proxy, the English edition is available in the form of several hardcopies in the library.

R-CMa specification

The instructions and the code generation schemes are summarized in the R-CMa specification.


TUM - Lehrstuhl Informatik II (Sprachen und Beschreibungsstrukturen) Thanks: Tango and TinyMCE     Generationszeit: 13 ms