LLVM Weekly - #12, Mar 24th 2014
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News and articles from around the web
You may recall my previous coverage of efforts by Philip Reames and others to introduce necessary changes to LLVM to support a precise relocating garbage collector. Previously he described the issues of using the llvm.gcroot intrinsic. True to his word, he's followed up that post with a description of 'late safepoint placement', which is the approach Philip and his colleagues are working on to address the problem. More updates are promised over the next few weeks.
musl libc 1.0.0 has been released. It is an MIT-licensed libc aiming to compete with glibc. "musl is a new general-purpose implementation of the C library. It is lightweight, fast, simple, free, and aims to be correct in the sense of standards-conformance and safety."
The 'Mystical Programming blog' has an amusing article on non-terminating C++ template computations along with information on how GCC and Clang handle each example.
Meeting C++ have written up a list of things likely to make their way in to C++14.
Ceemple, an LLVM-based product for technical computing, has been released. It's marketed as offering a number of advantages over Python or MATLAB in this space.
The next Cambridge LLVM Social will take place on the 26th March, 7.30pm.
On the mailing lists
David Given is working on an architecture that uses integer registers to store floating point values, and asks for advice on how to represent this in tablegen without being stopped dead by "cannot infer all types in pattern" errors.
Renato Golin has kicked off another thread on unwinding and exception handling and function attributes. He's done a fantastic job of summarising the issues and proposal on moving forward which means I don't have to feel lazy by suggesting you just go read the thread if you're interested.
Arch Robinson asks the list for advice on improving the SLPVectorizer in order to help with Julia code he's looking at. The response from Arnold Schwaighofer is worth a read for anyone interested in hacking in this area.
Discussion about a binary format for instrumentation-based profiling data has continued, with the suggestion that the format written out by instrumentation need not be the same as the format read back by the compiler (it could be transformed by other tools). Justin Bogner has detailed proposed requirements for these formats.
Tim Hill started an interesting discussion by sharing his experiences from switching to Clang. Among the positives were excellent errors, the static analyzer, compatibility, and quality of generated code. The main negative is the lack of documentation for many compiler options. There's general agreement in the responses that this is a problem that should be fixed in the (hopefully not too distant) future.
Lang Hames has proposed an RFC on adding an empty method to
iterator_range. If debating API design is your cup of tea, prepare to be entertained.
The MIPS64r2-based Octeon CPU has been added. r204337.
The ARM integrated assembler learned how to handle the
Assembler directives were added to create version-min load commands for iOS or Mac OSX. e.g.
.ios_version_min 5,2,0. r204190.
It is now possible to specify the 'noduplicate' attribution for intrinsics. r204200.
The TableGen backends documentation was fleshed out a bit. r204479.
Scheduling annotations have been added to NEON AArch64 instructions. r204505.
Counters used in instrumentation-based profiling are now represented in a static array. This is the first commit of a larger project to reduce runtime overhead (initialization in particular) for instrumentation-based profiling. r204080. Other commits for instrumentation-based profiling include r204186, r204379, r204390. There's a matching set of commits in compiler-rt.
-fcatch-undefined-behaviorflags were removed. Users whould use
Support for parsing the OpenMP safelen clause (for 'omp simd') was committed. r204428.
Other project commits
Support was added to MemorySanitizer for 'advanced origin tracking', which records all locations where an uninitialized value is stored to memory rather than just the creation point. r204152.
The lldb backtrace view has been changed to a process view where you can expand the process, its threads, and see all frames under each thread. r204251.
In compiler-rt, Google have re-licensed the Android ucontext implementation under the standard dual license of compiler-rt. r204128.