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LLVM Weekly - #98, Nov 16th 2015

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This week's issue comes to you from Vienna where I'm just about to head home from a short break (so apologies if it's a little later than usual and perhaps a little less detailed). I'll admit that nobody has actually written in to beg that LLVM Weekly share travel tips, but I will say that Vienna is a beautiful city that's provided lots to do over the past few days. If you're visiting, I can strongly recommend Salm Bräu for good beer and food.

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News and articles from around the web

All of the LLVM Dev Meeting Videos are now up, and will stay up. This includes Chris Lattner and Joseph Groff's talk on Swift's IR. You can also find most of the slides here. The folks at Quarkslab have also posted a trip report.

The big news this week is that code derived from NVIDIA's PGI Fortran compiler is to be open-sourced and a production-grade Fortran front-end to LLVM produced. This project is a collaboration between the US NNSA (National Nuclear Security Administration), NVIDIA, and the Lawrence Livermore, Sandia, and Los Alamos national laboratories. Hal Finkel has shared a little more on the LLVM mailing list. With a source code release not due for about another year, where does this leave the existing Flang efforts? The hope is that parts of Flang will be merged with the PGI release. Douglas Miles from the PGI team has also shared a mini-FAQ. Fortran announcement

Bjarne Stroustrup has shared a detailed trip report from the last C++ Standards Meeting.

This post over at the Include Security Blog delves in to some details of support for the SafeStack buffer overflow protection in LLVM.

At the official LLVM blog, a new post gives a very useful guide on how to reduce your testcases using bugpoint and custom scripts. As the post notes, bugpoint is a very powerful tool but can be difficult to use.

On the mailing lists

LLVM commits

  • LLVM's autoconf-based build system is now officially deprecated, with the CMake build system being preferred. r252520.

  • Do you want to compile CUDA code with Clang and LLVM? There's now some handy documentation describing how to do so. See also Jingyue's talk from the recent LLVM Dev Meeting. r252660.

  • A simple MachineInstruction SSA pass for PowerPC has been added. The implementation is short and straight-forward, so worth a read if you want to do some MI-level peephole optimisations for your target. r252651.

  • Basic support for AArch64's address tagging has been added. In AArch64, the top 8 bits of an address can be used to store extra metadata with these bits being masked out before going through address translation. r252573.

  • The Hexagon backend now supports assembly parsing. r252443.

  • The CMake build system gained a new LLVMExternalProjectUtils module. As an example, this is used with the LLVM test suite which can be set up to be rebuilt whenever the in-tree clang or lld change. This could also be used with compiler-rt or libcxx. r252747.

  • An 'empty token' is now defined (written as token empty) for when using tokens in LLVM IR. r252811.

  • LibFuzzer gained a new experimental search heuristic, drill. As the comment in FuzzerLoop.cpp explains, this will 1) read+shuffle+execute+minimize the corpus, 2) choose a random unit, 3) reset the coverage, 4) start fuzzing as if the chosen unit was the only element of the corpus, 5) reset the coverage again when done, 6) merge the newly created corpus into the original one. r252838.

  • A BITREVERSE SelectionDAG node and a set of llvm.bitreverse.* intrinsics have been introduced. The intention is that backends should no longer have to reimplement similar code to match instruction patterns to their own ISA's bitreverse instruction. See also the patch to the ARM backend that replaces ARMISD::RBIT with ISD::BITREVERSE. r252878, r253047.

Clang commits

  • Support for __attribute__(internal_linkage) was added. This is much like C's static keyword, but applies to C++ class methods. r252648.

  • Clang now supports GCC's __auto_type extension, with a few minor enhancements. r252690.

Other project commits

  • libcxx gained initial support for building with mustl libc. Primarily this is a new CMake option, necessary as Musl doesn't provide a macro to indicate its presense. r252457).