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Context-Insensitive Interprocedural Analysis

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The context-insensitive interprocedural analysis is a method for predicting the behavior of programs at run-time. It has been used in compiler design to improve performance but has not yet been widely applied to other applications such as database query optimization.

Effects of a Method invocation:

The effects of a method invocation are the effects of the method body, plus any other methods that are invoked by the method body. A call site is a potentially executable instruction in an object file or executable program. A virtual call site is a potentially executable instruction in an object file or executable program that contains no references to any base classes (i.e., classes derived directly from the Object).

The effect of each call site on its caller depends on which kind of control flow analysis was used to determine its execution order: static single assignment analysis (SSA), partial ordering with global variables, first-order evaluation order based on precedence constraints, etc.

When a method invocation is performed, the effect of any base class calls that occur within the method body is ignored. This is because they have already been executed by the time control flow analysis has determined that a method call should be made. The only effect of these calls on their caller is through their return value.

The effect of method calls made by the method body is determined by control flow analysis. Control flow analysis is performed in order to determine which instructions will be executed, and when. Control flow analysis may use the following information:

  1. The type of each expression and the values it takes on during execution.
  2. Any code that has already been executed in the method body (i.e., base class calls).
  3. Any methods that are referenced by other methods in the same class (or any other class).

In general, control flow analysis is performed by building a graph of nodes representing the possible values of expressions in the program and arcs connecting these nodes. The nodes represent states that can be reached in the execution of the program and the arcs represent possible transitions between them.

Call Graph Discovery in Datalog:

Datalog is a declarative logic programming language that uses facts and rules to describe and solve problems. It is also used in data analytics, where it can be used as a query language for databases.

Datalog’s syntax is similar to other SQL-like languages, but it has some unique features:

Data types are defined using term lists rather than literals; therefore, you don’t need to specify the type of each variable when you declare them (see “Term Lists” below).

Terms have fixed arities (number of arguments), which makes writing recursive predicates easier than with other languages like Prolog or Haskell’s term-based model; however, unlike those other languages where variables can represent any value at all times during execution (even if they weren’t declared yet), variables always exist until they’re overwritten by another variable named after them in your program.

Datalog is declarative, meaning that the programmer tells the system what to do rather than how to do it. The syntax of Datalog is very similar to SQL; however, instead of using data manipulation statements (SELECT, INSERT) or control flow statements (IF-THEN-ELSE), you use rules and facts.

The following are examples of some rules and facts:  

Rule1: Person(name) ← male, female. 
Rule2: Person(name) ← age, height. 
Fact: John is a person who is 35 years old and 6 feet tall.

Dynamic Loading and Reflection:

Dynamic loading is a technique for accessing an object at runtime. We will discuss how you can use reflection to call methods and invoke static members of a class using the following steps:

Use dynamic loading to determine the type of a specific object by looking up its type information in an archive file or by providing additional context-sensitive information based on where it was loaded from.

Use recursion to traverse the call graph and determine whether there are any recursive calls that need to be executed before continuing with your program execution flow. Recursion allows programs such as compilers or interpreters (for example) to perform tasks such as evaluating expressions; these tasks may involve multiple levels of indirection (references) if they were written in some other language than Java!

Use the reflection API to call methods and invoke static members of a class. The Java reflection API allows you to call methods and invoke static members of a class at runtime.

This is useful when users want to write generic code that works with objects of any type, and it also makes it possible for Java programs to introspect on themselves. To use the reflection API in the program, first, load an instance of the class whose members you want to access into memory. Then call one of the methods in class java.lang.reflect.

Class to access the members. Use reflection in a variety of ways, including: 

  1. Determine which methods are available for a given class or interface at runtime. 
  2. Call methods on objects that you’ve constructed dynamically — possibly with parameters that depend on information gathered at runtime.


The use of context-insensitive interprocedural analysis is an important tool for compiler designers who wish to make their programs more efficient. It allows them to analyze the run-time behavior of a program without having to know the complete control flow graph. This post has discussed how this technique can be used and some examples of where it is useful.

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Last Updated : 13 Nov, 2022
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