register spilling

register spilling

(programming, compiler)
(By analogy with spilling the contents of an overfull container) When a compiler is generating machine code and there are more live variables than the machine has registers and it has to transfer or "spill" some variables from registers to memory.
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Valero, "Modulo scheduling with integrated register spilling for clustered VLIW architectures," in Proceedings of the 34th Annual International Symposium on Microarchitecture (MICRO-34 '01), pp.