[llvm-dev] LLVM Weekly - #301, October 7th 2019

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Mon Oct 7 11:25:10 PDT 2019

LLVM Weekly - #301, October 7th 2019

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Welcome to the three hundred and first issue of LLVM Weekly, a weekly
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## News and articles from around the web

At the X.Org Developers' Conference, Bas Nieuwenhuizen and Daniel Schürmann
presented on
[ACO, a new compiler backend for GCN
This is an alternative to the LLVM backend that aims to reduce compile time
performance. Jason Ekstrand's (Intel) presentation on
[How not to write a back-end
may also be of interest for those who wish to learn more about GPU compilation

Ticket sales for the LLVM Foundations [Women in Compilers and Tools
will end this week.

## On the mailing lists

* Sander De Smalen gives an [update on support for vscale in
LLVM](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-September/135512.html), an
important piece of scalable vector support. Robin Kruppe [explains how this
interacts with the RISC-V Vector
and its dynamic variable length.

* Jeroen Dobbelaere
that Synopsys is contributing its implementation of C99 restrict to the LLVM
project and [reposted the previous
RFC](http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-October/135672.html) with
better formatting. A long patch series is [posted for

* Maksim Panchenko from Facebook gave [very detailed
on the proposal for the Propeller post-link optimiser. Sriraman Tallam

* Alexey Bader is organising a SYCL round table at the LLVM Dev Meeting and
[is seeking feedback on the

* Julian Lettner listed some [small lit
he intends to work on.

* Motivated by a Dart to LLVM project, Jake Ehrlich proposes [adding
llvm.experimental.gc intrinsics for inttoptr and
Jameson Nash feeds back [how Julia achieves something

* Serge Pavlov proposes [using basic block attributes to implement non-default
floating point
Reid Kleckner
that the ability to attach attributes to basic blocks would be a major LLVM
change, and that other potential uses should be considered at the same time.

## LLVM commits

* TableGen gained a new generic backend for generating deterministic
finite-state automata, aiming to be more generic than the existing
`gen-dfa-packetizer` backend. [r373718](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL373718).

* A new llvm-locstats tool was committed, providing information on DWARF
location coverage. [r373427](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL37427).

* A simplified expansion of `S{ADD,SUB}O` was added.

* MachineModuleInfo was ported to the new pass manager.

* isNegatibleForFree/GetNegatedExpression were converted into target hooks.

* The PeelingModuleScheduleExpander was extended to peel out prologs and
epilogs. [r373462](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL373462).

* The AArch64 backend gained support for static allocation/deallocation of SVE
stack objects. [r373585](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL373585).

* The RISC-V backend will now split the adjustment of the stack pointer when
profitable to do so. [r373688](https://reviews.llvm.org/rL373688).

* JITLink switched from an "atom-based model" to a "blocks and symbols" model.

## Clang commits

* A new clang-format option allows specifying the language version to target.

* TypeNodes.def is now generated by TableGen, and renamed to TypeNodes.inc.

## Other project commits

* LLVM's new libc project gained its first code commit, adding some ore docs
as well as strcpy and strcat implementations.

* lldb-instr now has some documentations.

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