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Unified Parallel C (UPC) Comes To LLVM/Clang

Clang UPC has been announced, which is a Unified Parallel C implementation targeting the LLVM/Clang compiler stack. Unified Parallel C is a C99 extension targeting high-performance computing on parallel machines.
30 November 2012 - UPC Clang - 2 Comments

A Basic Look At How The LLVM Compiler Works

The LLVM compiler infrastructure is frequently talked about on Phoronix whether it be about its Clang C/C++ compiler or one of the innovative use-cases for LLVM such as with the LLVMpipe Gallium3D driver or as a JIT engine within some free software projects like Mono. However, for those that don't understand much of the internals of LLVM, here's a brief overview.
29 November 2012 - LLVM

AMD R600 LLVM Back-End Still Being Tried For 3.2

There's just a few weeks to go until the release of LLVM 3.2, but AMD is still trying to get its "R600" GPU back-end merged into this next compiler infrastructure release.
27 November 2012 - Release - 2 Comments

LLVM 3.2 Improves PowerPC Compiler Support

In addition to featuring an auto-vectorizer, Polly optimizations, and countless other improvements, the forthcoming release of LLVM 3.2 brings numerous improvements to its PowerPC back-end.
25 November 2012 - LLVM 3.2 - 3 Comments

Google Parsing Of LLVM's Clang Compiler Errors

Another interesting session from this month's LLVM Developers' Meeting in San Jose was about how Google manages to collect and utilize Clang diagnostics internally for software they develop at the company.
21 November 2012 - LLVM Developers

The State Of 64-Bit ARM (AArch64) On LLVM/Clang

ARM's AArch64 back-end for LLVM to handle the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture is working, but there's still more work ahead of the hardware's general availability in about one year's time.
20 November 2012 - It's Working - 7 Comments

LLVM Developers Prefer Git Over SVN

While the LLVM compiler infrastructure is primarily developed around Subversion, a poll was recently conducted that found LLVM developers overwhelmingly prefer Git over SVN for version control.
19 November 2012 - LLVM - 9 Comments

Pairing A C Compiler With QEMU's Code Generator

Earlier this week when writing about the state of the Tiny C Compiler, I learned more about QCC. QCC is a new initiative to pair a forked version of the Tiny C Compiler (TCC) with QEMU's code generator.
18 November 2012 - QEMU Code Generation - 2 Comments

Clang Can Analyze Code Comments, Generate Docs

Aside from why LLVM/Clang was ported to one of the fastest super computer's in the world and using Clang to implement Microsoft's C++ AMP, another interesting session at this month's LLVM Developers' Conference in San Jose was about using Clang to analyze code comments.
18 November 2012 - LLVM's Clang - 5 Comments

Why LLVM/Clang Was Ported To A Super Computer

Most often whenever writing about LLVM and its Clang C/C++ compiler front-end on Phoronix, within the forums is a flurry of comments from those in support of and against this modular compiler infrastructure. Some are against LLVM/Clang simply because its BSD-licensed and sponsored by Apple rather than the GPLv3-licensed GCC backed by the FSF. Others, meanwhile, see LLVM as presenting unique advantages and benefits. What reasons would a leading US national laboratory have for deploying LLVM/Clang to their leading super-computer? Here's an explanation from them.
16 November 2012 - An Explanation - 11 Comments

Intel Makes Microsoft's C++ AMP Cross-Platform

Microsoft conceived C++ Accelerated Massive Parallelism (AMP) as a library atop DirectX 11 for offering data-parallelism directly in C++ that can make easy use of GPUs while having CPU fall-back support. With C++ AMP being similar to OpenCL, Intel engineers decided to implement the Microsoft specification within OpenCL and using LLVM/Clang so that it can be used cross-platform.
16 November 2012 - Intel Port - 10 Comments

Tiny C Compiler Is Still Around, But Not Quickly Moving

While the Tiny C Compiler may be quick at compiling code, the lightweight C compiler hasn't been too quick to advance with new releases and features.
15 November 2012 - Tiny C Compiler - 5 Comments

LLVM 3.2 Release Candidate 1 Is Out There

The first release candidate of the LLVM 3.2 compiler infrastructure along with the Clang C/C++ front-end compiler is now available.
14 November 2012 - LLVM 3.2 RC1

GCC 4.8 Has More Optimizations

The GCC 4.8 compiler when released in early 2013 will have a number of new optimizations.
14 November 2012 - GCC 4.8 - 4 Comments

LLVM Seeks New Code Owners

At Chris Lattner's keynote for the LLVM Developers' Conference that took place last week in California, he called for more "code owners" within the LLVM code-base.
12 November 2012 - LLVM Code Owners - 1 Comment

LLVM 3.2 Was Branched Last Night

The components making up LLVM 3.2 were all branched last night in preparation for an official release in December.
12 November 2012 - Branched - 2 Comments

LLVM's Clang Is Finally The FreeBSD x86 Compiler

After talking about FreeBSD's transition to Clang as the default C/C++ compiler rather than GCC, the move has finally happened where for x86/x86_64 systems the LLVM-based compiler has replaced GCC.
7 November 2012 - Clang - 25 Comments

GCC 5.0 Compiler Might Be On The Way

GCC developers have brought up the topic of tagging a GCC 5.0 release soon based upon recent changes.
5 November 2012 - It's Being Talked About - 11 Comments

Moving Towards Building The Linux Kernel With Clang

While it hasn't been a news item for a couple months, a group of developers are still hard at work to advance the LLVM/Clang compiler and the Linux kernel to a point where this alternative compiler to GCC can be used for building the Linux kernel.
4 November 2012 - Still An Active Target - 37 Comments

A New Language Implemented Atop LLVM

ESL, the Embedded Systems Language, is a new programming language intended for embedded/small systems and its compiler was implemented atop the LLVM infrastructure.
3 November 2012 - ESL Programming - 3 Comments

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