LLVM Weekly - #50, Dec 15th 2014
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News and articles from around the web
The videos and slides from the 2014 LLVM dev meeting went online last week. I already linked to them then, but there's enough interesting stuff there I think I can justify linking again.
LLVM/Clang 3.5.1-rc1 has been tagged. Volunteer testers are very welcome.
Clang UPC 3.4.1 has been released. This is a Unified Parallel C compiler that can target SMP systems or Portals4.
On the mailing lists
Discussion has continued on future plans for GC in LLVM with input from Russel Hadley at Microsoft and Ben Karel, who seems to be the most extensive user of the existing GC infrastructure with his Foster language.
Chris Bieneman started a discussion about supporting stripping out unused instrinsics with the aim of reducing the size of libLLVM. The proposed patches reduce binary size by ~500k, which he later points out is more significant in the context of their already size-reduced build.
Marshall Clow has shared a proposal on how to manage ABI changes in libc++. The proposal involves introducing macros to enable ABI-breaking changes.
Extensive documentation has been added for the MergeFunctions pass. r223931.
A monster commit to split Metadata from the Value class hierarchy has landed. r223802.
InstrProf has been born. This involves the
llvm.instrprof_incrementinstrinsic and the
-instrprofpass. This moves logic from Clang's CodeGenPGO into LLVM. r223672.
Work has started on an LLVM-based dsymutil tool, with the aim to replace Darwin's dsymutil (a DWARF linker). r223793.
LiveInterval has gained support to track the liveness of subregisters. r223877.
Work has started on converting moves to pushes on X86 when appropriate. r223757.
Print and verify passes are now added after each MachineFunctionPass by default, rather than on some arbitrarily chosen subset. r224042.
LLVM now requires Python 2.7. Previously 2.5 was required. r224129.
__builtin_call_with_static_chainGNU extension has been implemented. r224167.
Clang's CodeGenPGO has moved to using the new LLVM
Clang now accepts Intel microarchitecture names as the