High-Level Compiler Architecture

The remaining parts of this guide discuss how the compiler works. They go through everything from high-level structure of the compiler to how each stage of compilation works. They should be friendly to both readers interested in the end-to-end process of compilation and readers interested in learning about a specific system they wish to contribute to. If anything is unclear, feel free to file an issue on the rustc-dev-guide repo or contact the compiler team, as detailed in this chapter from Part 1.

In this part, we will look at the high-level architecture of the compiler. In particular, we will look at three overarching design choices that impact the whole compiler: the query system, incremental compilation, and interning.