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Pointer analysis for source-to-source transformations

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4 Author(s)
Buss, M. ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Columbia Univ., New York, NY, USA ; Edwards, S.A. ; Bin Yao ; Waddington, D.

We present a pointer analysis algorithm designed for source-to-source transformations. Existing techniques for pointer analysis apply a collection of inference rules to a dismantled intermediate form of the source program, making them difficult to apply to source-to-source tools that generally work on abstract syntax trees to preserve details of the source program. Our pointer analysis algorithm operates directly on the abstract syntax tree of a C program and uses a form of standard dataflow analysis to compute the desired points-to information. We have implemented our algorithm in a source-to-source translation framework and experimental results show that it is practical on real-world examples.

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Source Code Analysis and Manipulation, 2005. Fifth IEEE International Workshop on

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30 Sept.-1 Oct. 2005