Dynamic optimization

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In the dynamic optimization is an optimization technique that significantly improves the runtime behavior of software during execution.

Among other things, this makes use of the fact that the values ​​of certain variables in a program are not known before the program is executed, but are constant for a long time while the program is running . So if it is recognized during the execution of a program that a variable seems to be a constant, the program can be compiled as if the variable were actually a constant. This compiled form is then often faster than a compiled form of the program in which a variable is regarded as variable. This compiled form can then run until the value of the variable changes again.

Dynamic optimization is currently only known within virtual machines , since the virtual machine is the one that has to recognize that the value of a variable is constant in order to then recompile the code.

See also

  • HotSpot - Virtual Machine from SUN with dynamic optimization


  • Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman: Compiler. Principles, Techniques and Tools. ISBN 0-201-10194-7 (The Dragon Book )
  • M. Arnold, SJ Fink, D. Grove, M. Hind, PF Sweeney: A Survey of Adaptive Optimization in Virtual Machines . In: Proceedings of the IEEE . tape 93 , no. 2 , 2005, p. 449-466 , doi : 10.1109 / JPROC.2004.840305 .

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