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LLVM Weekly - #71, May 11th 2015

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News and articles from around the web

The implementation of OpenMP 3.1 in Clang/LLVM is now complete. Well done to everyone involved.

Most slides from the presentations at EuroLLVM 2015 are now online. Video is coming soon.

Version 3.5.1 of Clang UPC, the Unified Parallel C compiler has been released. The main change seems to be the move to Clang/LLVM 3.5.

The Pony Language, which features an LLVM backend has recently been released. It received quite a lot of discussion on Hacker News.

Many readers might be interested in this update from the last C++ standardization committee meeting.

IBM have posted some bounties for TSAN support and MSAN support for PPC64.

On the mailing lists

LLVM commits

  • A new 'shrink-wrap' pass has been added. It attempts to insert the prologue and epilogue of a function somewhere other than the entry/exit blocks. See the commit message for a motivating example. r236507.

  • Support for the z13 processor and its vector capabilities have been added to the SystemZ backend. r236520, r236521.

  • Documentation has been written for the new masked gather and scatter intrinsics. r236721.

  • The statepoint intrinsic has been extended to allow statepoints to be marked as tranditions from GC-aware code to nonGC-aware code. r236888.

Clang commits

  • Clang support for the z13 processor was added. r236531.

  • Thread-safe initialization using the MSVC 2015 ABI has been implemented. r236697.

  • User-friendly -fsanitize-coverage= flags are now available. r236790.

Other project commits

  • libiomp's CMake has been integrated into the LLVM CMake build system, so you can now checkout libiomp and have it built alongside llvm, clang and so on. r236534.