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AMD Proposes LLVM Back-End Staging Area

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Published on 20 July 2012 02:55 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD
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Tom Stellard of AMD has proposed a staging area for LLVM back-ends, similar to the staging area of the Linux kernel.

For months now Tom Stellard of the open-source AMD Linux graphics team has been working to get his R600g LLVM back-end merged into upstream LLVM. However, it has yet to be merged for different reasons and so it's been separately maintained in the Mesa tree until it's finally pulled -- hopefully by LLVM 3.2 but there still is no guarantee.

In hopes of easing the maintenance burden with handling an external LLVM back-end, Stellard has proposed a staging area where LLVM back-ends can live within the mainline SVN/Git tree until they're officially ready.

The point of the LLVM staging area would be to increase communication between upstream LLVM and back-end developers, ensure these new back-ends meet LLVM standards, and to increase the exposure of these up-and-coming back-ends.

For those interested in learning more about this staging proposal, see the LLVM development list message written by Stellard.

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