Two more of Europe's leading computer science universities join the CoSy R&D network

ACE Press Release

San Jose, California, USA 3 November, 1998

As part of its strategy of continuously enhancing its CoSy compiler development platform, ACE Associated Compiler Experts bv (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is part of a research and development network that includes the computer science departments of many of Europe's leading universities. The University of Sussex (UK) and the Technical University of Vienna (Austria) have now joined this R&D network to develop powerful new optimisers and code generators for embedded systems and multimedia processors.

The University of Sussex is currently working on several collaborative projects with industry that involve the production of high quality code generators for a range of embedded system architectures. "CoSy is well suited to this work because it offers a powerful and flexible environment in which to develop code generators and a whole range of other compilation tools," commented Professor Des Watson, head of the university's Software Systems Research Group. "In particular, its code generator toolset will allow us to develop a variety of compiler back-ends rapidly and with comparative ease," he added.

Staff and post-graduate students in Professor Watson's group have interests in a wide range of programming language issues, including language design, AI languages and systems, object oriented programming, operating system design, software development environments and software engineering tools. An essential part of this work is the development of advanced optimisers and code generators for new compilers.

The Programming Languages and Compiler Group at the Technical University of Vienna will use CoSy to develop compilation techniques to support the SIMD (Single Instruction stream, Multiple Data stream) instruction set extensions of multimedia processor architectures such as VIS, MMX and AltiVec. "We chose CoSy because the CoSy framework makes the development and evaluation of new compiler algorithms easy," said Professor Andreas Krall.

This project is an important part of the group's overall research into compiler optimisations and code generators. Other special areas of interest for this group include object-oriented programming languages and logic programming languages.

"We are delighted that these two important universities have joined our R&D network," commented Hans van Someren, CoSy's Principal Architect at ACE. "With over 25 academic organisations and industrial partners now contributing to CoSy, we can not only keep CoSy at the leading edge of compiler technology, we can also transfer the latest scientific developments quickly into the industrial domain."

ACE Associated Compiler Experts bv (a wholly owned subsidiary of ACE Associated Computer Experts, Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a world leader in the production of compiler development tools for professional compiler developers. Its open CoSy compiler development platform gives compiler developers the ability to achieve a similar leading edge position in the construction of better and faster optimising compilers for architectures ranging from 4-bit DSPs to 256-bit VLIW processors. CoSy already supports a wide range of programming languages including C, Fortran and Java.



AltiVec is a trademark of Motorola, Inc.

MMX is a trademark of Intel Corp.

VIS is a trademark of Sun Microsystems Inc.

Z8 and Z80 are registered trademarks of ZiLOG, Inc.

CoSy is a registered trademark of ACE Associated Computer Experts bv