LLVM Weekly - #20, May 19th 2014
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This week's issue is perhaps a little less thorough than normal. I've been in San Francisco most of the week for Maker Faire this weekend, where I was at the Raspberry Pi booth with some other Foundation members. As this issue goes out, I'll be enjoying my last day in SF before heading to the airport for the long flight home and the ensuing jetlag.
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News and articles from around the web
The WebKit blog features an excellent and detailed article about the new Fourth Tier LLVM JIT which sheds light on the how and why.
The Neu framework has recently been announced. It is a C++11 framework, collection of programming languages and software system designed for artificial intelligence applications and technical computing in general. It makes use of the LLVM MC JIT for its NPL language as well as generating high performance neural networks.
On the mailing lists
Tim Northover has posted an RFC on removing the AArch64 backend and renaming ARM64 to AArch64. This would represent the culmination of the work to merge the two backends.
In case you're wondering about when we'll see LLVM/Clang 3.5, Bill Wending has posted to inform us the current plan is to start testing in July and target a release in August.
I always enjoy pointing out excellent answers to questions on the mailing lists. The large and helpful community is one of the greatest assets of LLVM. This week, I draw special attention to Jordan Rose's answer to a question about tracking a function parameter with the static analyzer.
The testing phase for LLVM 3.4.2 has started. According to the schedule it should be released on May 25 provided the testing phase didn't raise issues. Tom Stellard is also looking for backup release managers.
The inliner has been taught how to preserve musttail invariants. r208910.
A new C API has been added for a thread yielding callback. r208945.
The ARM load/store optimisation pass has been fixed to work with Thumb1. r208992.
GlobalValue has been split into GlobalValue and GlobalObject, which allows a code to statically accept a Function or a GlobalVariable but not an alias. r208716.
PowerPC gained global named register support, for r1, r2 and r13 (depending on the subtarget). r208509.
Documentation was added for the ARM64 BigEndian NEON implementation. r208577.
Clang will no longer copy objects with trivial, deleted copy constructors. This fixes bugs and improves ABI compatibility with GCC and MSVC. r208786. Though the itanium C++ ABI part was reverted for now. r208836.