I am a Compiler Engineer, currently working at Arm, in Cambridge.
I have been working in compilers and programming languages since 2014, exploring ways to make programs more safe and more efficient. This has included work on solver-aided compilation, domain-specific languages, and program synthesis. I have contributed to LLVM, to the Rust compiler, and to the RISC-V psABI.
I received my M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2017, where I was a member of the PLSE Group. I received my BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from the University of St Andrews in 2015. My Publications page lists my publications from that time.
|New! I have started a new role as a Senior Compiler Engineer at Arm.|
|Yuichi Sugiyama, a GSoC 2020 student I helped to mentor, has written about what he accomplished this summer. Yuichi focussed on adding pointer authentication to Ibex and the RISC-V LLVM Backend.|
|Paper: Our paper on Fireiron has been accepted to PACT 2020.|
|I gave a guest lecture about the RISC-V ELF psABI and my work in that area to Xi Wang's Capstone Course on Operating Systems.|
|I have been promoted to software team lead at lowRISC. I am looking forward to the challenges of my new role.|
|We have released a preprint describing Fireiron, a Halide-like scheduling DSL for GPU programming that I worked on while at NVIDIA.|
|LLVM 9.0 has been released. This is the first version of LLVM which includes RISC-V as an official backend.|
|I have written about my background in compilers and why I joined lowRISC.|
|I have started at lowRISC, working on the LLVM RISC-V backend.|
|A report describing a recent collaboration on Synthesizing Number Generators for Stochastic Computing using Mixed Integer Programming is now available on arXiv.org.|
|Bravo Zulu, the yacht I raced on in Seattle until it was sold placed 7th on the Top 25 sailboats of 2018 by 48° North magazine.|
|Paper: Our Paper, Swizzle Inventor has been accepted to ASPLOS 2019.|
|I sailed CYC Seattle's Puget Sound Sailing Championship aboard Bravo Zulu. We came 2nd in class. This was Bravo Zulu's last regatta with that owner and crew.|
|I joined Vinod Grover at NVIDIA, for an internship in Redmond.|
|I sailed The Swiftsure International Yacht Race on Memorial Day Weekend, aboard Bravo Zulu. We came 28th overall in the Cape Flattery Race.|
|Paper: Our Paper, Checked C: Making C Safe By Extension has been accepted to IEEE SecDev '18.|
|I sailed The Southern Straits Classic Yacht Race on Easter Weekend. I was aboard Amazing Grace, a C&C 40. We came 5th in the PHRF Long Course.|
|I attended POPL 2018 in Los Angeles!|
|Bravo Zulu, the yacht I race on, has once again placed on the Top 25 sailboats of 2017 by 48° North magazine. This time we're 12th.|
|I have completed my M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering at the Paul G. Allen School at the University of Washington. My Technical Report is available.|
|I have returned to Microsoft Research for another three-month internship on the Checked C project.|
|I have joined Microsoft Research to do a three-month internship on the Checked C project, working with David Tarditi.|
|The yacht I race on, Bravo Zulu, placed 9th on the Top 25 sailboats of 2016 by 48° North magazine.|
|I have started graduate school in Computer Science at the University of Washington, in Seattle.|
|I won the Lockheed Martin Award for Software Engineering at the Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards.|
|I attended ICFP 2015 in Vancouver.|
|I completed my BSc (Hons) in Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, in Scotland. My BSc Dissertation is available.|
2017 Onwards My major focus recently has been working on LLVM-based projects.
At Arm, I work on the Arm Compiler, a toolchain which includes a Clang-based compiler and a proprietary set of tools and libraries primarily aimed at embedded applications for devices from the smallest Arm chips up to chips powerful enough to run linux. The team focuses on a mix of new Arm Architecture Enablement and ensuring the compiler can be used in Functional Safety applications.
At lowRISC I worked on the RISC-V target, from frontend improvements to backend bugfixes, including coordinating contributions from the team there. I also occasionally contribute RISC-V related improvements to the Rust compiler.
2018 I worked on how solvers and synthesis can be used to create (or assist in creating) Halide-like schedules for linear algebra applications. The requirement that the structure of these schedules be amenible to synthesis fed into the Fireiron work, a system for scheduling dense linear algebra algorithms on GPUs.
2018 I worked on using program synthesis techniques to assist programmers in designing efficient data access patterns for parallel programs.
2017 I worked at Microsoft Research on a project to make C safer, by adding bounds checks to memory accesses. This included design of low-cost dynamic checks as well as bounds inference algorithms.
2014–2015 My bachelor's dissertation project was producing an Idris to Erlang compiler, and associated libraries for producing verified concurrent programs in Idris that use Erlang VM features.
2013–2014 I worked on the data types team at Basho, developing novel CRDTs that are included in Riak since version 2.0.
2012 I worked at the University of St Andrews on the ParaPhrase project to develop parallel skeleton library for Erlang.
I have sailed most of my life, and in 2016 I got hooked on yacht racing.
I read. Here are some technical books I recommend.
2014–2015 Henry Legg and I presented a science and technology news radio show, broadcasting weekly, covering recent science news and a few interviews.