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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 4.8 Compiler Development Is Over

GCC 4.8 has reached the end of new development activity.
6 November 2012 - GCC 4.8 Stage 3

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

GCC 4.8 Nearing End Of Stage One Development

The GCC trunk is nearing the completion of stage one development for the GCC 4.8 release due out in early 2013.
29 October 2012 - GCC 4.8 - 1 Comment

Benchmarking LLVM's Automatic Loop Vectorizer

Yesterday I wrote about an automatic loop vectorizer having been committed to LLVM this week. I've now carried out some benchmarks of this automatic loop vectorizer in conjunction with the Clang compiler to see the performance impact of this still experimental but promising feature.
27 October 2012 - Loop Vectorization - 1 Comment

The First GNOME 3.8 Development Release

The first development release of the GNOME 3.8 is now available with new features for the GNOME desktop.
26 October 2012 - GNOME 3.8 - 25 Comments

LLVM Gets An Automatic Loop Vectorizer

A loop vectorizer has been committed to LLVM 3.2 that's capable of automatically vectorizing small loops.
26 October 2012 - LLVM 3.2 - 4 Comments

AArch64 Called For Merging To GCC Trunk

The ARM 64-bit compiler port (AArch64) of the GNU Compiler Collection is now ready for merging to trunk.
23 October 2012 - ARM 64-bit

Local Register Allocator Merged Into GCC (LRA)

The LRA branch has been merged into GCC trunk as a new feature of GCC 4.8.
22 October 2012 - LRA Branch - 9 Comments

China Makes A Java Version Of Core LLVM

Developers at a university in China have developed their own Java version of LLVM. Their reasoning for re-implementing LLVM is that they prefer Java to the C++ language.
19 October 2012 - Java - 17 Comments

Initial ARMv8 Support For 32-bit GCC Port

Developers from ARM Holdings have published their initial ARMv8 patch for the GNU Compiler Collection for the 32-bit "AArch32" compiler port.
19 October 2012 - ARMv8

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