LLVM 3.4.1 Point Release Planned For Next Month
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler on 26 March 2014 at 01:26 PM EDT. 2 Comments
There's long been talk of doing LLVM point releases with an increasing number of external projects relying upon the open-source compiler infrastructure, but it looks like next month may be the first time for this to happen with LLVM 3.4.1.

In previous LLVM release cycles there has been talk of doing point releases to fill in the period between the major releases that happen every six months. AMD's Tom Stellard has been one of the big proponents of the point releases -- and has been willing to coordinate them -- in large part due to the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver and AMD's OpenCL compute support dependent upon upstream LLVM with its AMD GPU back-end. With point releases, new AMD driver code will be pushed out sooner to open-source users.

In the past there's been much talk and planning about having LLVM point releases but in the past they have never materialized over lack of testing by users and coordination. Now, however, LLVM 3.4.1 looks very close to happening.

Tom Stellard published a 3.4.1 release plan today that puts between now and 9 April to identify and back-port bug-fixes to the LLVM 3.4 branch, just over one week of testing, and to then do the LLVM 3.4.1 point release on 18 April.

LLVM stakeholders or users wishing to learn more about the LLVM 3.4.1 plans or wishing to help out in testing the open-source code, read today's announcement on the LLVM-dev mailing list.

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