LLVM Weekly - #113, Feb 29th 2016
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News and articles from around the web
LLVM and Clang 3.8RC3 has been tagged.
The Red Hat blog has a summary of new features in the upcoming GCC 6 release.
The Meeting C++ blog has a helpful summary of a subset of the proposals for the next C++ committee meeting.
On the mailing lists
Chandler Carruth has suggested moving the LLVM test-suite repository to Github. In response to some concerns, Chris Lattner points out that using GitHub in this case doesn't mean abandoning the current development workflow, it just means it can be augmented with GitHub-style pull requests for those who prefer it. Chandler summarised the thread and provided a list of next steps.
Sanjoy Das pointed out a potential soundness issue with the
available_externallylinkage type. This triggered a very long discussion. James Knight pointed out the same issue could happen with normal functions in a shared library. There was some back and forth between Hal Finkel and Chandler Carruth on the best approach to addressing this problem.
Philip Reames asks whether a PHI depending on another PHI in the same basic block is valid. It's currently accepted by the verifier but arguably shouldn't be. So far, nobody has argued that it should be valid.
Matthias Braun kicked off a discussion on better defining the semantics of reserved and unallocatable registers. After more discussion, he followed up with a revised definition.
David Li has posted a proposal for supporting in-process merging of profile data.
The Sparc backend now contains definitions for all registers and instructions defined in the Sparc v8 manual. r262133.
LLVM gained a basic LoopPassManager, though it currently only contains dummy passes. r261831.
A number of TargetInstrInfo predicates now take a reference to a MachineInstr rather than a pointer. r261605.
The WebAssembly backend gained redzone support for the userspace stack. r261662.
Whole-program vtable optimisation is now available in Clang using the
__builtin_canonicalizewhich returns the platform-specific canonical encoding of a floating point number. r262122.
A hasAnyName matcher was added. r261574.
The pointer arithmetic checker has been improved to report fewer false positives. r261632.
Other project commits
The new ELF linker gained support for identical code folding (ICF). This reduces the size of an LLD binary by 3.6% and of a Clang binary by 2.7%. As described in the commit message, this is not a "safe" version of ICF as implemented in GNU gold, so will cause issues if the input relies on two distinct functions always having distinct addresses. r261912.
Polly's tree now contains an
update_check.pyscript that may be useful to other LLVM devs. It updates a FileCheck-based lit test by updating the
CHECK:lines with the actual output of the
LLDB gained a new set of plugins to help debug Java programs, specifically Java code JIT-ed by the Android runtime. r262015.
The new OpenMP 4.5 affinity API is now supported in LLVM's openmp implementation. r261915.
The new ELF linker gained support for the
-rcommand-line option, which produces relocatable output (partial linking). r261838.
The CMake/lit runner for SPEC in the LLVM test-suite can now run the C CPU2006 floating point benchmarks (but not the Fortran ones). r261816.
The old ELF linker has been deleted from LLD. r262158.