DisIRer: Converting a Retargetable Compiler into a Multiplatform Binary Translator

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Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
This paper proposes an alternative yet effective way of constructing a multiplatform binary translator, by converting a retargetable compiler into a binary translator. The rationale is that a retargetable compiler usually parses source programs into an Intermediate Representation (IR), and then translates IR into object code of different targets after performing analysis and optimizations. Specifically, the mechanism of code generation for multiple platforms from IR is already in place, and the missing link of building a multiplatform binary translator is a tool to transform binary programs back into IR. In order to fill in this missing link, this paper presents a tool, called the disIRer.
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