As quantum computers become more practical, there is a rich opportunity to advance the development of tools to assist in the process of programming them, both now and in the future. To encourage more PL-minded researchers to work in this exciting new area, we established the Workshop on Programming Languages for Quantum Computing (PLanQC).
We sometimes think of the number of passes in a compiler as a measure of the compiler’s complexity. But what if we could make compiler development more approachable by fully embracing the idea that a compiler should be structured as a large number of small passes, each performing a single specific task?
*Secure compilation* is an emerging field that puts together advances in programming languages, security, compilers, systems, formal verification, and hardware architectures. It aims to devise compilation chains that eliminate many of today’s security attacks, without sacrificing efficiency, and allowing sound reasoning about security properties in the source language.
On May 27, 2019, Laurie Hendren, Professor of Computer Science at McGill University, Montreal, passed away after a long illness. She leaves her daughter Jane and husband Prakash Panangaden. Laurie shared the Sable Lab with Clark Verbrugge.