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Mercurium is a source-to-source compilation infrastructure aimed at fast prototyping. Current supported languages are C, C++ and Fortran. Mercurium is mainly used in Nanos environment to implement OpenMP but since it is quite extensible it has been used to implement other programming models or compiler transformations, examples include Cell Superscalar, Software Transactional Memory, Distributed Shared Memory or the ACOTES project, just to name a few.

Extending Mercurium is achieved using a plugin architecture, where plugins represent several phases of the compiler. These plugins are written in C++ and dynamically loaded by the compiler according to the chosen configuration. Code transformations can be implemented in terms of source code (there is no need to modify or know the internal syntactic representation of the compiler).


Please find documentation about the usage of Mercurium in our user guide.


Please contact pm-tools [at] for inquiries about the Mercurium.