LLVM Weekly - #93, Oct 12th 2015
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Apologies that this week's issue comes rather late in the day, my laptop gave up the ghost over the weekend while I was travelling leaving me with no way to write it. Now I'm back, I've managed to dust off an old desktop from my closet to write this issue (and to keep my unbroken streak). LLVM Weekly has been sent out every Monday since it started on the first Monday of January 2014. This weekend I was talking about lowRISC at ORConf 2015. You can find my slides here. There was a wide array of talks on open source hardware, including many on lowRISC and RISC-V. The videos should hopefully be posted in the next week or so.
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News and articles from around the web
The LLVM project has hit 250,000 commits. The commit that managed to hit this milestone was this one-liner.
A new paper by Bjarne Stroustrup, Herb Sutter, and Gabriel Dos Reis gives more details on their plans for memory safety in C++.
Videos from CppCon2015 are being posted to Youtube.
On the mailing lists
Ed Maste is taking a look at the feasibility of using the new LLD ELF linker for FreeBSD, and has shared his initial findings.
Vedant Kumar has posted an RFC on cleaning up the way optional Function data is stored.
Dehao Chen has shared an update on the AutoFDO project, which allows the use of a perf.data profile for profile-guided optimisation. Clang built with
-fprofile-sample-useis about 10% faster than Clang built with
Larisse Voufo has shared a proposal for optimizing const C++ objects in LLVM.
Chris Matthews has announced the open-sourcing of an llvm bisect tool, for bisecting bugs using prebuilt LLVM and Clang revisions.
The Hexagon architecture gained an early if-conversion pass. r249423.
ThinLTO has started to land, in particular support for function summary index bitcode sections and files. r249270.
Codegen for ARM's memcpy intrinsic has been modified to make better use of LDM/STM. r249322.
The llvm.eh.exceptioncode intrinsic was added. r249492.
It is now possible to turn off MMX support without disabling SSE. r249731.
The policy for adding new style options to clang-format has been documented. r249289.
The libclang bindings have been extended with accessors for C++ function attributes (pure virtual, virtual, or const). r250008.
Other project commits
The new LLD ELF linker now supports the
LLDB for MIPS is now able to emulate microMIPS instructions. r249381.
liblldb is working towards being able to work under both Python 2.x and 3.x. r249886.