LLVM Weekly - #481, March 20th 2023

LLVM Weekly - #481, March 20th 2023

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Welcome to the four hundred and eighty-first 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 16.0.0 was released. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved. I’ve also written up a tour of some of the RISC-V related changes in LLVM 16.

The LLVM Foundation strategic planning meeting on community health and infrastructure is taking place in timeslots on March 20th and March 21st. See Tanya Lattner’s overview of the topics to be discussed and be sure to dial in if this is something you have thoughts on.

An MLIR Hackathon will take place in Edinburgh on Tuesday May 9th, the day before EuroLLVM in Glasgow.

According to the LLVM calendar (note the US is in daylight savings time already, so meeting times might be different for you than usual if you’re e.g. in Europe) in the coming week there will be:

  • Office hours with the following hosts: Kristof Beyls, Johannes Doerfert.
  • Online sync-ups on the following topics: Flang, SYCL, community health and infrastructure, OpenMP, loop optimisation, “classic” Flang, MLIR, SPIR-V.
  • For more details see the LLVM calendar, getting involved documentation on online sync ups and office hours.

On the forums

LLVM commits

  • PassManagerBuilder was removed. d623b2f.

  • llvm-mc and llvm-reduce were documented in the CommandGuide. 5686364, ae2d8de.

  • MemProf metadata is now documented in the LangRef. 1f884ef.

  • MC layer (assembly) support was added for AArch64 Check Feature Status Extension and Guarded Control Stacks. cb7fb73.

  • A README was committed for llvm-debuginfo-analyzer. 82238fc.

Clang commits

  • Support was added for the funcref reference type in WebAssembly. 8d0c889.

  • Target extension types are now used for OpenCL types on SPIR-V. bcad161.

  • --extract-api-ignores now supports multiple files. 58825d2.

  • __builtin_set_flt_rounds was added, which will be lowered to the llvm.set.rounding intrinsic. b38aa29.

  • The ptrmask intrinsic is now used for pointer alignment. 8e00934.

Other project commits

  • LLVM’s libc cross-compilation instructions were updated. ea471e2.

  • A performance improvement in BOLT reduced the time taken to process a small AArch64 binary on the patch author’s machine from 2.7s down to 80ms. 4875e06.

  • A remote procedure call mechanism was added for the GPU build of LLVM’s libc, and integration tests were enabled. 8e4f9b1, 39e9109.

  • Additional functions were enabled within LLVM’s libc for RISC-V targets. 63ed8ab, fe99de3, 1990ce7.