The components making up LLVM 3.2 were all branched last night in preparation for an official release in December.
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.
GCC 4.8 has reached the end of new development activity.
GCC developers have brought up the topic of tagging a GCC 5.0 release soon based upon recent changes.
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.
ESL, the Embedded Systems Language, is a new programming language intended for embedded/small systems and its compiler was implemented atop the LLVM infrastructure.
The GCC trunk is nearing the completion of stage one development for the GCC 4.8 release due out in early 2013.
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.
The first development release of the GNOME 3.8 is now available with new features for the GNOME desktop.
A loop vectorizer has been committed to LLVM 3.2 that's capable of automatically vectorizing small loops.
The ARM 64-bit compiler port (AArch64) of the GNU Compiler Collection is now ready for merging to trunk.
The LRA branch has been merged into GCC trunk as a new feature of GCC 4.8.
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.
Developers from ARM Holdings have published their initial ARMv8 patch for the GNU Compiler Collection for the 32-bit "AArch32" compiler port.
Aside from greater C++11 compliance and early C++1y support, GCC 4.8 as the next major Free Software Foundation compiler release will also have many other interesting features.
The LLVM project has announced that they will be turning to Facebook's "Phabricator" project for handling code review.
GCC 4.8 is set to support more of the C++11 ISO standard and it also starts working on very early support for "C++1y", the next C++ standard that is still years away.
The Linux 3.7 kernel introduces support for 64-bit ARM, a.k.a. AArch64. In further enabling 64-bit ARM support under Linux, the GCC Steering Committee has now officially accepted the AArch64 port of the GNU Compiler Collection. 64-bit ARM now has a compiler!
Developers behind GUPC, the GNU Unified Parallel C implementation, are still hoping to see their several year old project merged into the GCC 4.8 compiler release.
There's patches available for those wishing to try out experimental OpenMP support for the LLVM/Clang C/C++ compiler.
GCC developers continue to work on bringing AddressSanitizer, which is part of the LLVM project, to their open-source compiler in hopes of better catching memory bugs and errors.
Polly was accepted at the beginning of this year as an official LLVM project and since then it's continued to advance ahead of the LLVM 3.2 release for providing polyhedral optimizations.
Since last month we have known that Apple has wanted to release LLVM 3.2 this year along with an updated Clang compiler. Now the release plans for this next LLVM compiler infrastructure release have been firmed up.
For those curious how LLVM/Clang compares against the GCC compiler on low-end x86 hardware, here's some numbers.
A patch has emerged that provides "AutoFDO" support for the GCC compiler for automated feedback-directed optimizations.
While the new AMD Trinity APUs are what's exciting and being benchmarked at the moment, here are some updated compiler tests from earlier this month on an AMD FX-8150 Bulldozer system.
GCC 4.7.2 has been released with fixes for regressions and serious bugs on GCC 4.7.
It looks like LLVM 3.2, along with adjoining updates to Clang and related components, will be released this calendar year.
The GCC to LLVM/Clang transition as the default FreeBSD compiler is set to happen on 4 November.
While LLVM can be used with Clang for compiling the Linux kernel and LLVM can be used in very innovative ways, one of its long-standing disadvantages has been the lack of supporting OpenMP. Fortunately, OpenMP support is finally materializing within LLVM.
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