UDC 004.421

On Syntax-Directed Adjoint Fortran Code

Uwe Naumann1, 2 and Jan Riehme2

  1. LuFG Informatik , Department of Computer Science, RWTH Aachen University
    52056 Aachen, Germany
  2. Department of Computer Science, University of Hertfordshire
    Hatfield, AL10 9AB, United Kingdom
    {naumann, riehme}@stce.rwth-aachen.de


Gradients of high-dimensional functions can be computed efficiently and with machine accuracy by so-called adjoint codes. We present an L-attributed grammar for the single-pass generation of intraprocedural adjoint code for a subset of Fortran. Our aim is to integrate the syntax-directed approach into the front-end of the NAGWare Fortran compiler. Research prototypes of this compiler that build adjoint code based on an abstract intermediate representation have been developed for several years. We consider the syntax-directed generation of adjoint code as a low development cost alternative to more sophisticated algorithms. The price to pay comes in form of a very limited set of code optimizations that can be performed in a single-pass setting.

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Volume 4, Issue 2 (December 2007)
Advances in Programming Languages
Year of Publication: 2007
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Naumann, U., Riehme, J.: On Syntax-Directed Adjoint Fortran Code. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 4, No. 2, 47-64. (2007)