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A software science model of compile time

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4 Author(s)
Shaw, W.H., Jr. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Air Force Inst. of Technol., Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, USA ; Howatt, J.W. ; Maness, R.S. ; Miller, D.M.

The Halstead theory of software science is used to describe the compilation process and generate a compiler performance index. A nonlinear model of compile time is estimated for four Ada compilers. A fundamental relation between compile time and program modularity is proposed. Issues considered include data collection procedures, the development of a counting strategy, the analysis of the complexity measures used, and the investigation of significant relationships between program characteristics and compile time. The results indicate that the model has a high predictive power and provides interesting insights into compiler performance phenomena. The research suggests that the discrimination rate of a compiler is a valuable performance index and is preferred to average compile-time statistics

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Software Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:15 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 1989

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