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The Automatic Generation of Test Cases for Optimising Fortran Compilers

C. J. Burgess, M. Saidi, The Automatic Generation of Test Cases for Optimising Fortran Compilers. Information and Software Technology, 38 (2). ISSN 0950-5849, pp. 111–119. February 1996. No electronic version available.

Abstract

This paper describes the design of an automatic generator of compiler test cases which are aimed at testing the correctness of the code-generation and optimisation phases of a compiler. The test cases are designed to contain specific features that optimising compilers are known to frequently exploit, and to include self-checking code to check for their correct execution. Fortran77 is used to illustrate the results, although the general principles employed are applicable to many compilers for imperative languages.

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