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LLVM Spun Off Into Its Own Independent, Non-Profit

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Published on 03 April 2014 12:30 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Compiler
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For years I've heard of LLVM planning to spin off into its own non-profit, independent organization and today that's finally moving forward.

Chris Lattner has announced the LLVM Foundation this morning as "The LLVM umbrella project has grown over the years into a vibrant community made up of many sub-projects, with hundreds of contributors. The results of this project are used by millions of people every day. Today, I'm happy to announce that we are taking the next big step, and forming a new, independent non-profit to represent the community interest."

The LLVM Foundation will be responsible for handling infrastructure issues, financial challenges around infrastructure and developer meetings, improved transparency into the project, and a company-neutral organization. Previous to today's announcement, Apple has been the steward of the project with employing numerous LLVM developers on its compiler team. These Apple compiler developers apparently will remain with Apple and still be involved with LLVM but the project itself is moving into an independent organization.

Besides Apple's involvement, LLVM continues to see upstream work by Google, Intel, Qualcomm, and dozens of other organizations with this innovative compiler stack being used for everything from a C/C++ compiler to a C++ to JavaScript translator to GLSL graphics driver back-ends.

Initial board members to the LLVM Foundation are Vikram Adve, Chandler Carruth, Doug Gregor, David Kipping, Anton Korobeynikov, Chris Lattner, Tanya Lattner, and Alex Rosenberg.

More details on the LLVM Foundation can be found via the announcement that was just posted at LLVM.org.

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