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StagedSAC: A Case Study in Performance-Oriented DSL Development

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Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) can bridge the gap between high-level programming and efficient execution. However, implementing compiler tool-chains for performance oriented DSLs requires significant effort. Recent research has produced methodologies and frameworks that promise to reduce this development effort by enabling quick transition from library-only, purely embedded DSLs to optimizing compilation. In this paper, the authors report on their experience implementing a compiler for StagedSAC. StagedSAC is a DSL for arithmetic processing with multidimensional arrays modeled after the stand-alone language SAC (Single Assignment C). The main language feature of both SAC and StagedSAC is a loop construction that enables high-level and concise implementations of array algorithms.

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