[llvm-dev] LLVM Weekly - #188, Aug 7th 2017

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LLVM Weekly - #188, Aug 7th 2017

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Welcome to the one hundred and eighty-eighth issue of LLVM Weekly, a weekly
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## News and articles from around the web

Jonathan Boccara has [summarised the recent proposal for 'metaclasses' in

Version 3.1 of the [SLEEF Vectorized Math Library](http://sleef.org/) has been
released, adding AArch64 support as well as completing the set of supported
C99 math functions. SLEEF exploits SIMD to provide high performance real
floating point math functions.

[generator-llvm](https://github.com/mshockwave/generator-llvm) is a small tool
for generating project templates for out-of-tree LLVM passes.

## On the mailing lists

* Christian Dietrich has written an [RFC on 'cHash' AST
This can be used to [avoid redundant

* Jakub Kaderski has shared an RFC on [adding a batch update API for dominator

* Francis Visoiu Mistrih has been working on improvements to the current LLVM
shrink wrapping optimisations and has [written an RFC on his

* Pete Couperus is [proposing the upstreaming of the Synopsys ARC

* Chad Rosier is seeking feedback on [modeling JumpThreading in the inline
cost model](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2017-August/116183.html).

* Matthias Braun [explains the existence of the SelectionDAG

## LLVM commits

* The XRay docs have been expanded with a full description of the Flight Data
Recorder binary format. [r309891](http://reviews.llvm.org/rL309891).

* The stack colouring pass now correctly maintains AliasAnalysis information.

* Stack frame handling for AArch64 win64 vararg functions has been rewritten.

* PowerPC, ARM, and X86 tests have been cleaned up to not use `llc -march`.
The `-march` switch only changes the target architecture, but the OS target is
unchanged, which can lead to unexpected test output. If you have out-of-tree
targets, you might want to check your tests for this potential issue.

* GlobalISel is now always built as part of LLVM.

* The libFuzzer tests have been ported to LIT.

* After a series of patches over the past few weeks and months, the ARM
backend is now MachineVerifier clean. This means the machine verifier can be
enabled (e.g. for bots with expensive checks turned on) without resulting in
spurious errors. [r310180](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL310180).

## Clang commits

* The `-Wpragma-pack` warning will complain about missing `#pragma pac (pop)`
directives. [r309559](http://reviews.llvm.org/rL309559).

* OpenCL 2.0 atomic builtin functions have been added as Clang builtins, in
order to support the generation of synchronization scope operands.

## Other project commits

* LLD's `--gdb-index` is now 40% faster, as it now avoids a linear search.

* LLDB now allows an auto-continue flag to be set on breakpoints.

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