LLVM Weekly - #466, December 5th 2022

LLVM Weekly - #466, December 5th 2022

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Welcome to the four hundred and sixty-sixth issue of LLVM Weekly, a weekly newsletter (published every Monday) covering developments in LLVM, Clang, and related projects. LLVM Weekly is brought to you by Alex Bradbury. Subscribe to future issues at http://llvmweekly.org and pass it on to anyone else you think may be interested. Please send any tips or feedback to asb@asbradbury.org, or @llvmweekly or @asbradbury on Twitter.

News and articles from around the web and events

LLVM 15.0.6 was released.

The LLVM Bay Area monthly meetup is taking place today (December 5th) at 6pm.

The CfP for the seventh LLVM performance workshop at CGO is now out. The deadline for submissions is Jan 25th 2023.

The deadline for submissions for the FOSDEM LLVM dev room has been extended to Sunday 11th December.

According to the LLVM calendar in the coming week there will be:

  • Office hours with the following hosts: Paulo Matos, Tobias Grosser, Quentin Colombet, Johannes Doerfert, Anastasia Stulova.
  • Online sync-ups on the following topics: MemorySSA, OpenMP, Flang, RISC-V, MLIR, embedded toolchains, SPIR-V.
  • For more details see the LLVM calendar, getting involved documentation on online sync ups and office hours.

On the forums

LLVM commits

  • Many tests were updated to use opaque pointers. b1dbc0a, d17f4f2, e472cf7, and much more.

  • All update_*_test_checks.py scripts now support generating lines for “unused” prefixes (previously it was just update_llc_test_checks.py). 255e7e1.

  • Code generation for shuffles in the Hexagon backend was improved. 073d5e5.

  • MC layer support was added for the AArch64 VMSA (Virtual Memory System Architecture), part of the 2022 A-Profile Architecture extensions. 7fea6f2.

  • The set of register allocator hints for compressible RISC-V instructions was expanded. a8c79121, df7ab6a, e00e20a.

  • The ExpandLargeFPConvert pass was added and enabled for X86. 89f36dd.

  • An update_any_test_checks.py helper utility was added, which will dispatch to the appropriate update_*_test_checks.py tool. 1743052.

  • A new MachineLatrInstrCleanup pass was added to be run after prolog and epilog insertion. It removes redundant address/immediate loads. 17db0de.

  • The select optimise pass was enabled for AArch64 when targeting cores that might benefit from it. 16a72a0.

Clang commits

  • Frame pointer optimisation was enabled by default for Sparc. 17d0a15.

  • The MinGW GCC/sysroot detection logic was improved. 02b25bd.

  • Basic documentation was added for clang-repl. 3ae07a4.

  • clang-repl now supports statements in the global scope in incremental mode. dc48893.

  • A script was added to maintain a list of fast clang-tidy checks. c7fc0ab.

Other project commits

  • Basic RISCV64 target definitions were added to Flang. bac88e8.

  • An experimental ‘GPU’ mode/configuration was added to LLVM’s libc, meant to allow calling libc routines during GPU execution.

  • The dwim-print command was added to LLDB. It will intelligently pick the best means of printing a given expression. 185d496.