Seminars & Colloquia

Andy Ayers


"Microsoft Phoenix: A Framework for Program Analysis and Transformation"

Wednesday December 13, 2006 11:00 AM
Location: 3211, EB2 NCSU Centennial Campus
(Visitor parking instructions)

This talk is part of the System Research Seminar series


Abstract: Phoenix is the codename for Microsoft's next generation program analysis and transformation framework. A joint effort between Microsoft Research, the Common Language Runtime team, and the Visual C++ Compiler team, Phoenix aspires to be the foundational platform for a new breed of powerful and innovative tools. Examples within Microsoft include a new, retargetable C++ code generator, static and dynamic program checkers, binary rewriters, whole-program optimizers, program obfuscators, aspect weavers, and just in time compilers. Outside of Microsoft, Phoenix has been adopted for teaching, research and development at a number of universities worldwide, providing an extensible, industrial-strength, state of the art technology to the academic community. This talk will provide an overview of Phoenix with a number of demos and examples. More details and a downloadable version of Phoenix can be found at

Short Bio: Andy Ayers is an Architect on the Microsoft Phoenix Project, where he focuses mainly on making Phoenix a robust and capable platform for all kinds of program analysis and transformation. He joined Microsoft in 2002. Prior to joining Microsoft, Andy created a variety of binary analysis and transformation tools at InCert Software and helped develop and enhance the High-Level Optimizer at Hewlett Packard. Some of this work is described in papers like 'Aggressive Inlining' (PLDI 1997). Andy graduated from MIT with a PhD in 1993.

Host: Frank Mueller, Computer Science, NCSU

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