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An Important Radeon R600 Change In LLVM 3.4

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Published on 07 June 2013 02:24 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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While LLVM 3.3 hasn't even been released yet, there's already an important change found in LLVM 3.4 for Radeon R600 GPU users.

The Radeon R600 LLVM back-end, which is used by the Radeon Gallium3D driver for Compute/OpenCL support and optionally for shader compilation, was merged for LLVM 3.3. While it was merged for LLVM 3.3 and has matured quite a bit, it remains an "experimental" back-end for the imminent LLVM release.

With LLVM 3.4, the R600 back-end is no longer deemed experimental. The R600 back-end in the LLVM 3.3 release requires the --enable-experimental-targets=R600 compiler switch, but per early LLVM 3.4 notes, "The R600 backend is not marked experimental anymore and is built by default."

Beyond this fundamental change, the R600 back-end in LLVM 3.4 has already picked up numerous Radeon improvements in the weeks since LLVM 3.3 was branched. For end-users, unfortunately the LLVM 3.4 release will likely not be here until around year's end.

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