Japanese Universities and Research Institutes Embrace CoSy

ACE Press Release

Yokohama, Embedded Technology 2004 17 November 2004 Waseda University and Tokyo University enter into advanced compiler research with compiler development system from ACE

ACE Associated Compiler Experts bv announced today Waseda University and Tokyo University licensing the CoSy compiler development system for the purpose of advanced compiler research. The new Japanese CoSy Research licensees selected CoSy for its open, flexible infrastructure that allows compiler engineers and researchers to focus on taking up their specific compilation challenges, without the burden of setting up and maintaining the underlying foundations.

The research group of Prof. Hironori Kasahara and Prof. Keiji Kimura at Waseda University's Department of Computer Science have signed on to using CoSy in order to quickly develop a C front-end for the OSCAR (Optimally SCheduled Advanced multiprocessoR) multigrain parallelizing Compiler. The OSCAR compiler has been developed for automatic parallelization of Fortran programs using multigrain parallelization techniques exploiting coarse grain task parallelism, loop parallelism and fine grain parallelism, as well as cache or local memory optimization based on data localization techniques. Through integration with CoSy's open, extendable compiler development framework, the C front end for the OSCAR compiler is expected at the beginning of the next year. "CoSy has a solid reputation as a professional compiler framework that enables development of stable, optimizing compilers," says Prof. Kasahara, "we are confident that the OSCAR compiler will gain significant technical advantage from CoSy and our cooperation with ACE." The compiler project has been supported by METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) and STARC (Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center) in Japan. For more details, please refer to http://www.kasahara.elec.waseda.ac.jp.

At the Electronics Engineering Department of the University of Tokyo, Prof. Masahiro Fujita and Doctor Kenshu Seto are working on design automation techniques for application specific VLIW co-processors. CoSy is used here as the main compiler framework and for the development of algorithms for optimal synthesis and code generation for the target co-processors, for which first results are expected by the end of this year. "CoSy provides us with a production-quality compiler framework," says Prof. Fujita, "and with the strong support from ACE, we are confident that the first version of the tool will be constructed within schedule." For more details, please refer to http://www.cad.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp.

"We are very pleased with the rapid expansion of the CoSy Research network in Japan," said Marco Roodzant, vice president of marketing and sales at ACE. "The CoSy compiler development system has gained an impressive presence in Japan in industrial, as well as research applications. We anticipate that the growing complexity of new processor architecture designs will turn more compiler engineers and researchers towards the unique capabilities of our well-established, production-quality, flexible compiler framework. The results of our Japanese research partners will undoubtedly contribute to a better appreciation of the importance of compiler technology for today's and tomorrow's processors."

About ACE

ACE Associated Compiler Experts bv (a wholly owned subsidiary of ACE Associated Computer Experts, Amsterdam, the Netherlands) is a world leader in compiler development tools. Its open CoSy compiler development system gives compiler developers the ability to achieve a similar leading edge position in the construction of better and faster optimizing compilers for architectures ranging from 4-bit microcontrollers to 24-bit DSPs and 256-bit VLIW processors. CoSy also accommodates a wide range of programming languages including C, DSP-C, C++, Fortran and Java. More information on ACE, its products and services can be obtained at http://www.ace.nl.