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LLVM Weekly - #102, Dec 14th 2015

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News and articles from around the web

Version 1.5 of the Rust programming language has been released. Rust of course uses LLVM as its backend.

George Balatsouras has written a blog post on compiling a project using autotools to LLVM bitcode.

On the mailing lists

LLVM commits

  • A new minimum spanning tree based method of instrumenting code for profile-guided optimisation was added. This guarantees the minimum number of CFG edges are instrumented. r255132.

  • MatchBSwap in InstCombine will now also detect bit reversals. r255334.

  • Sample-based profile-guided optimisation memory usage has been reduced by 10x by changing from using a DenseMap for sample records to a std::map. r255389.

  • An Instruction::getFunction method was added. It's perhaps surprising this didn't exist before. r254975.

  • FP16 vector instructions defined in ARMv8.2-A are now supported. r255010.

  • The EarlyCSE (common subexpression elimination) pass learned to perform value forwarding for unordered atomics. r255054.

  • Debug info in LLVM IR can now refer to macros. r255245.

  • LLVM's developer policy has been updated to detail the currently accepted C API stability policy and other guidelines. r255300.

  • A massive rework of funclet-oriented exception handling (needed for Windows exceptions) has landed. r255422.

Clang commits

  • Clang gained an option to use the new ThinLTO pipeline. r254927.

  • Hexagon will use the integrated assembler by default. r255127.

  • dllexport and dllimport attributes are now exposed through the libclang API. r255273.

Other project commits

  • ThreadSanitizer gained initial support for PPC64. r255057.