LLVM Weekly - #64, Mar 23rd 2015
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News and articles from around the web
Students have until Friday 27th March to get their applications in for Google Summer of Code. This gives the opportunity to get paid $5500 to work on open source over the summer, under the mentorship of someone from the community. See here for the list of mentoring organisations advertising LLVM-related projects. Please do help spread the word. I am biased, but I'd like to draw particular attention to the wide variety of lowRISC GSoC ideas, including a project to implement an LLVM pass using tagged memory to provide protection against control-flow hijacking.
GCC 5 is starting to get near to release. The first release candidate is expected in the first week of April.
On the mailing lists
Peter Collingbourne has kicked off a thread on controlling the LTO optimization level. Using LTO can cause a massive increase in compile-time. Peter argues that for some features, like the recently added control flow integrity checks in Clang, you require LTO for whole program visibility but perhaps would rather do much fewer optimisations in order to get a more reasonable compile time. He proposes a
-flto-levelcommand line option.
Eric Christopher has written to the mailing list about recent changes he's made to the TargetMachine::getSubtarget API.
Dario Domizioli proposes adding target-specific defaults for options in the LLVM tools. Response was mostly negative on the grounds that opt, llc, and friends are tools meant for LLVM developers rather than end-users. Sean Silva attempted to clarify the difference between LLVM users, LLVM end-users, and LLVM developers.
The backend for the Hexagon DSP has continued to grow over the past few weeks. Most recently, support for vector instructions has been added. r232728.
The LLVM developer documentation grew guidance on writing commit messages. r232334.
LLVM learnt to support the ARMv6k target. The commit message has a handy ascii art diagram to explain its position in the ARM family. r232468.
The size of a Release+Asserts clang binary has been reduced by ~400k by devirtualising Attr and its subclasses. r232726.
Work on MS ABI continues, with support for HandlerMap entries for C++ catch. r232538.
A new warning,
-Wpartial-abilitywill warn when using decls that are not available on all deployment targets. r232750.
C++14 sized deallocation has been disabled default due to compatibility issues. r232788.
Other project commits
Performance of a self-hosted lld link has again been improved. It's now down to 3 seconds on the patch author's machine (vs 5 seconds before, and 8 seconds for the GNU BFD linker). r232460.
libcxx gained the
<experimental/tuple>header which implements most of the tuple functionality specified in the library fundamentals TS. r232515.
Mips64 lldb gained an initial assembly profiler. r232619.