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About Me

My name is Maxime Chevalier-Boisvert and I’m a computer science student, currently pursuing a PhD degree with a concentration in compilers at the Université de Montréal. My thesis involves the design and implementation of novel optimization techniques for dynamic programming languages (e.g.: JavaScript, Python, etc.). I’m also interested in machine learning, 3D rendering, game development, music, sound synthesis, microcontrollers and electronics. This blog is an outlet for me to talk about my research, technological interests, hobbies and ideas. Most of my recent programming work is open source and available on GitHub. If you believe in my work and want to support me and my projects, you can fund me on Gittip.

Publications

Chevalier-Boisvert, M. & Feeley, M. Removing Dynamic Type Tests with Context-Driven Basic Block Versioning. Technical report, January 2014.

Chevalier-Boisvert, M., Lavoie, L., Feeley, M. & Dufour, B. Bootstrapping a self-hosted research virtual machine for JavaScript: an experience report. Dynamic Language Symposium 2011.

Chevalier-Boisvert, M., Hendren, L. & Verbrugge, C. Optimizing MATLAB through just-in-time specialization. Compiler Construction 2010.

Chevalier-Boisvert, M. McVM: an optimizing virtual machine for the MATLAB programming language. Master’s thesis. McGill University. August 2009.

Talks

Refactoring JIT Compilation. DConf. May 2014 (slidesvideo).

Dynamic Languages need Dynamic Compilers. mloc.js. February 2014 (slides, video).

Fast and Dynamic. Strange Loop. September 2013 (slides, video).

Higgs, an Experimental JIT Compiler written in D. DConf. May 2013 (slides, video).

Higgs, a Monitoring JIT for JavaScript. Air Mozilla. February 2013 (slides, video).

6 Comments
  1. John Wait permalink

    since you work on compilers, thought you might find this article by Rob Pike to be of interest: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1941206

    “…I was pair programming with Ken Thompson on an on-the-fly compiler for..”

  2. What features in Ruby/Python/Javascript are particularly bad for type inference?

    • Dynamic loading of code, unrestricted eval, dynamic addition and removal of object fields. The JavaScript “undefined” type and the lack of exceptions thrown on errors.

  3. Congrats on the JavaScript compiler work!

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