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LLVM Weekly - #65, Mar 30th 2015

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News and articles from around the web

The Z3 theorem prover from Microsoft Research is now on Github, and more importantly now released under the MIT license. This is a true open source license allowing commercial use, unlike the previous non-commercial use only license. It's been used with LLVM in the ALIVe project.

The schedule for EuroLLVM has been published. There are still a number of early registration tickets left. If you can be in London on 13th and 14th of April then I'd highly recommend registering.

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LLVM commits

  • The GlobalMerge pass will no longer run at O1 on AArch64+ARM, and instead will only be enabled at O3. r233024.

  • A float2int pass was added which, as the name suggests, attempts to demote from float to int where possible. r233062.

  • A simple Orc-based lazy JIT has been added to lli. r233182.

  • LLVM gained support for PowerPC hardware transactional memory. r233204.

  • The ARMv8.1a architecture has been added along with some of its new instructions. r233290, r233301

Clang commits

  • The on-disk hash table for modules should now have a stable representation. r233156, r233249.

  • Intrinsics have been added for PowerPC hardware transaction memory support. r233205.

  • An initial version of a clang-fuzzer has been added, making use of the LLVMFuzzer library. r233455.

Other project commits

  • libclc gained more builtin implementations. r232977, r232965, r232964.

  • lld learnt how to understand the MIPS N64 relocation record format (which is described in the commit message). r233057.

  • lld's ARM support has improved with with the addition of indirect function handling and GOT relocations. r233383, r233277.