[llvm-dev] LLVM Weekly - #274, April 1st 2019

Alex Bradbury via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Apr 1 13:27:03 PDT 2019

LLVM Weekly - #274, April 1st 2019

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Welcome to the two hundred and seventy-fourth issue of LLVM Weekly, a weekly
newsletter (published every Monday) covering developments in LLVM, Clang, and
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## News and articles from around the web

LLVM is taking part of Google Summer of Code this year. Students, see [the
open projects list](https://llvm.org/OpenProjects.html#gsoc19) for ideas.

The LLVM blog has
[information](http://blog.llvm.org/2019/03/llvm-numerics-blog.html) useful as
preparation for the numeric birds of a feather session at EuroLLVM.

LLVM 7.1.0-rc1 [has been

## On the mailing lists

* Eric Christopher shared a
for revamping the `-O1` and `-Og` optimisation levels, generating plenty of

* More discussion on scalable vector types in LLVM IR took place this week.
See comments from [Sebastian
Pop](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-March/131376.html) and [Hal

* Javed Absar has [posted an
RFC](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-March/131358.html) on
upstreaming Clang+LLVM support for ARMv8-M security extensions.

## LLVM commits

* The WebAssembly backend gained an initial implementation of PIC code
generation. [r357022](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL357022).

* A summary of the discussion around changing the LLVM variable naming scheme
was committed. [r357174](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL357174).

* The LLVM side of codegen support for the RISC-V hard float ABIs was
committed. A Clang patch will follow.

* The SMT solver API SMTAPI was moved from Clang up to LLVM.

* Range checks will now be emitted for jump tables created from switches with
an unreachable default. [r357067](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL357067).

* An analysis invalidation bug in the new pass manager was fixed, and as usual
is associated with a detailed commit message.

* An experimental MicroOpQueue stage was modeled in llvm-mca.

## Clang commits

* Clang learned a new `-ftime-trace` option, that produces chrome://tracing
compatible JSON profiling output.

* Further improvements were made to creduce-clang-crash.py.

## Other project commits

* Kalimba platform support was removed from LLDB.

* Range extension thunk insertion was optimised for the COFF LLD linker.

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