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LLVM Weekly - #117, Mar 28th 2016

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News and articles from around the web

Google Summer of Code applications are now closed. Applicants and interested third-parties can look forward to finding out which projects were selected on April 22nd.

Ramkumar Ramachandra has written a blog post giving a whirlwind tour of the internals of LLVM's fast register allocator (FastRegAlloc.cpp).

Alex Denisov has blogged about the various test suites used within the LLVM project.

Version 1.13 of the TTA-based Co-design Environment (TCE) has been released. This adds support for LLVM 3.8.

On the mailing lists

LLVM commits

  • A new utility, was added to update opt or llc test cases with new FileCheck patterns. r264357.

  • Non-power-of-2 loop unroll count pragmas are now supported. r264407.

  • The NVPTX backend gained a new address space inference pass. r263916.

  • Instances of Error are now convertible to std::error_code. Conversions are also available between Expected<T> and ErrorOr<T>. r264221, r264238.

  • Hexagon gained supported for run-time stack overflow checking. r264328.

Clang commits

  • Clang now supports lambda capture of *this by value. r263921.

  • The bitreverse builtins are now documented. r264203.

Other project commits

  • LLDB will fix inputted expressions with 'trivial' mistakes automatically. r264379.

  • ThreadSanitizer debugging support was added to LLDB. r264162.

  • Polly gained documentation to describe how it fits in to the LLVM pass pipeline. r264446.

  • LLDB has been updated to handle the UTF-16 APIs on Windows. r264074.