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News and articles from around the webAfter recently being taken down due to excessive resource usage, the LLVM apt repositories are now back.
A detailed introduction to ThinLTO has been published on the LLVM blog. This covers the background, design, current status, and usage information for ThinLTO.
A post on Reddit gives a summary of notable language features voted into the C++17 working draft at the Oulu meeting.
On the mailing lists
- Sanjoy Das has written an RFC on strong GC references in LLVM. The motivating case for this proposal is supporting a precise, relocating garbage collector.
- LLVM version 3.8.1-final has been tagged.
- The Google Summer of Code mid-terms have snuck up on us already. The participating students have posted to the mailing lists with a summary of their work so far:
- Finding and reporting bugs caused by copy and paste
- Enabling LLVM's self-hosted modules builds using libstdc++
- Capture tracking improvements
- Improvement of vectorization process in Polly
- Better alias analysis by default
- Interprocedural register allocation
- Polly as an analysis pass
- Enabling polyhedral optimisations in Julia
- Vivek Pandya wrote the mailing list seeking advice on adding a new calling convention for interprocedural register allocation. Matthias Braun summarised some follow-up discussion.
- The new representation for control-flow integrity and virtual call metadata has landed. The commit message further details the problems this change addresses. r273729.
llvm.type.checked.loadintrinsic was added. It loads a function pointer from a virtual table pointer using type metadata. r273576.
- As part of the work on CFL-AA, interprocedural function summaries were added. These avoid recomputation for many properties of a function. r273219, r273596.
- MemorySSA gained new APIs for PHI creation and MemoryAccess creation. r273295.
- Metadata attachments are now allowed for declarations. r273336.
- A new runtimes directory was added to the LLVM tree. r273620.
- LLVM's dynamic loader gained basic support for COFF ARM. r273682.
constexpr ifsupport has been added to Clang. r273602.
- clang-tidy has a new
modernize-use-emplacecheck that will replace calls of
- The CMake build system for Clang gained a