LLVM Weekly - #107, Jan 18th 2016
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Registration is now open for EuroLLVM 2016. The conference will be held in Barcelona on March 17th-18th. The call for papers closes on January 25th.
Registration is open for the Clang/LLVM development sprint to be held on the weekend of Feb 6th/7th at Bloomberg's London and New York offices.
The next Cambridge LLVM social will be held on Wednesday 20th January at 7.30pm, and will be colocated with the FreeBSD social.
On the mailing lists
Rui Ueyama has run benchmarks for every LLD commit. He observes the linker in general is getting slightly slower over time as it gains more functionality, but that no commit seems to increase link time without a justifiable reason.
Chris Bieneman has posted an RFC on removing autoconf from the trunk. The proposal is to remove it from the repository on January 26th. There don't seem to be any objections to this timeline so far.
Krzystof Parzyszek has shared a description of the recently committed register data-flow framework.
Discussion has been ongoing in the thread about global instruction selection, particularly surrounding the semantics of bitcasts on big-endian systems. James Molloy has posted to clarify the current behaviour.
JF Bastien has posted an RFC on supporting non-temporal fencing in LLVM IR.
Quentin Colombet is seeking feedback on the best way to map LLVM IR values to MachineInstr values as part of his GlobalISel work.
The branch for LLVM 3.8 has now been created. The first release candidate should some soon.
John McCall has posted an RFC on enforcing pointer type alignment in Clang. The RFC proposes the following "It is not undefined behavior to create a pointer that is less aligned than its pointee type. Instead, it is only undefined behavior to access memory through a pointer that is less aligned than its pointee type."
Philip Reames has posted a note for anyone using RewriteStatepointsForGC. There's been a recent change in the handling of vectors of pointers.
Derek Schuff has followed up to the previous discussion about allowing virtual registers after register allocation with some more thoughts after some offline discussions.
Hans de Goede is working on a backend for TGSI (Tungsten Graphics Shader Infrastruture, as used by Gallium) and has a number of questions.
The Hexagon backend gained a target-independent SSA-based data flow framework for representing data flow between physical registers and passes using this to implement register liveness analysis, dead code elimination, and copy propagation. r257447, r257480, r257485, r257490.
The documentation on committing code reviewed on Phabricator to trunk has been improved. r257764.
WebAssembly gained a prototype instruction encoder and disassembler based on a temporary binary format. r257440.
LLVM's MathExtras gained a SaturatingMultiplyAdd helper. r257352.
llvm-readobj has much-expanded support for dumping CodeView debug info. r257658.
The code that finds code sequences implementing bswap or bitreverse and emits the appropriate intrinsic has been rewritten. r257875.
The AMDGPU backend gained a new machine scheduler for the Southern Islands architecture. r257609.
A Python implementation of scan-build has been added. r257533.
The 'interrupt' attribute is now supported on x86. r257867.
Clang learned to respond to the
-fsanitize-statsflag. It can currently only be used with control-flow integrity and allows statistics to be dumped. r257971.