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Sun 22 - Fri 27 October 2017 Vancouver, Canada
Tue 24 Oct 2017 10:40 - 11:20 at Windsor - VMIL Chair(s): Adam Welc

Extending current Virtual Machine implementations to new Instruction Set Architectures entails a significant programming and debugging effort. meta-circular VMs add another level of complexity towards this aim since they have to compile themselves with the same compiler that is being extended. Having low-level debugging tools is of vital importance in decreasing development time and bugs introduced.

In this paper we describe our experiences in extending Maxine VM to the ARMv7 architecture. During that process, we developed a QEMU-based toolchain which enables us to debug a wide range of VM features in an automated way. The presented toolchain has been integrated with the JUNIT testing framework of Maxine VM and is capable of executing from simple assembly instructions to fully JIT compiled code. Furthermore, it is fully open-sourced and can be adapted to any other VMs seamlessly. Finally, we describe a compiler-assisted methodology that helps us identify, at runtime, faulty methods that generate no stack traces, in an automatic and fast manner.

Tue 24 Oct

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10:30 - 12:00
VMILVMIL at Windsor
Chair(s): Adam Welc Huawei America Research Center
Day opening
Welcome to VMIL
Adam Welc Huawei America Research Center
Cross-ISA debugging in meta-circular VMs
Christos Kotselidis The University of Manchester, Andrew Nisbet The University of Manchester, Foivos S. Zakkak , Nikos Foutris
Accelerate JavaScript Applications by Cross-Compiling to WebAssembly
Micha Reiser Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Luc Bläser Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil