Compiler News Archives
There's open-source compiler news this week for both GCC and LLVM.
14 October 2011 - Updates - 2 Comments
While GCC developers are currently discussing merging the D programming language front-end into their compiler, LLVM developers are currently discussing their IR and its sufficiency.
5 October 2011 - Low-Level Virtual Machine
Nearly one year ago I wrote about Digital Mars wanting to merge the GNU D Compiler into GCC. Finally it looks like merging the compiler for the D programming language is nearing a point of reality.
4 October 2011 - Finally - 46 Comments
It's been announced on Oktoberfest-eve that Apple is planning to officially release LLVM 3.0 in the middle of November. This is a major update to this increasingly popular compiler infrastructure.
16 September 2011 - New LLVM - 1 Comment
Red Hat's Jakub Jelinek has issued a new status update concerning the state of the GCC 4.7 compiler.
13 September 2011 - Still Monts Out - 6 Comments
A university student that successfully wrote OpenCL and GLSL back-ends to the Low Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) is arranging to have the code open-sourced if there is interest, which already LLVM developers are requesting.
27 August 2011 - OpenCL - 8 Comments
The Low-Level Virtual Machine (LLVM) developers have released a new version of their Clang C/C++ compiler. What's new to this Clang release, which comes months after the 2.9 release of LLVM and Clang, is that it integrates SAFECode Technology. SAFECode provides memory safety checking, which LLVM developers designed to be superior to Valgrind -- the tool commonly used by open-source developers for running memory checks on their code.
18 August 2011 - SAFECode - 2 Comments
Early this morning I mentioned some of the features for GCC 4.7 as what one can expect when this next major open-source compiler update is out in a matter of months. There was some speculation in the forums that this article was a preemptive article coming just before a big code drop. As luck would have it, this afternoon there's a big Intel GCC announcement.
15 August 2011 - By Intel - 8 Comments
GCC 4.6 was released back in March with various Intel hardware optimizations, initial AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) support, Google Go programming support, new optimization paths, and a number of other new features. While not yet ready for release, version 4.7 of the GNU Compiler Collection is also collecting a number of highlights. This is also good news seeing yesterday's news about C++0x.
15 August 2011 - Features - 3 Comments
The ISO has unanimously approved C++0x, the next version of C++, to become an international standard. The International Organization for Standardization will now prepare the standards document for C++0x and release it in the coming months.
14 August 2011 - ISO Approved - 54 Comments
It turns out there's another fairly interesting Google Summer of Code project being worked on this summer beyond the exciting projects and the Mesa/X/Wayland projects that have piqued our interest this year. This project was somehow skipped past when looking at the GSoC information before, but it's a continued effort (by the same student last year) to write a Python front-end to GCC.
30 June 2011 - Gccpy - 8 Comments
As expected when mentioning the GCC 4.6.1 release candidate one week ago, GCC 4.6.1 has been officially released this Monday morning.
27 June 2011 - It's Here - 2 Comments
Version 4.6.1 of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) is imminent. A 4.6.1 status report issued this morning signals there are no outstanding P1 regressions and that this point release branch is now frozen. The GCC 4.6.1 release candidate was subsequently issued.
20 June 2011 - GCC 4.6.1 Release Candidate - 1 Comment
As planned, version 2.9 of the Low-Level Virtual Machine was released over the night. LLVM 2.9 brings many interesting updates to this compiler infrastructure and to Clang, which is the C/Objective-C/C++ compiler front-end, and other components.
7 April 2011 - New Version - 1 Comment
Lately we have been talking a lot about this year's Google Summer of Code whereby Google pays student developers to work on various free software projects over the summer. While GSoC has been taking place for several years, this year there's been several interesting proposals expressed. Among the proposals to catch our attention has been experimental work on KDE's KWin for Wayland, an OpenGL 4.1 Gallium3D state tracker that's now turned into a video acceleration state tracker for WebM/VP8 on VDPAU, better multi-GPU support, and ReactOS improvements, among many other expressed proposals from dozens of free software projects. Another one was just brought up by a student developer and that's to provide support for compiling Microsoft Direct3D HLSL in LLVM.
28 March 2011 - Very Interesting - 6 Comments
While no release announcement has yet to hit the wire, GCC 4.6.0 is now available. Uploaded to the GCC mirrors yesterday afternoon was the GCC 4.6.0 final source packages, right ahead of their planned release which is/was expected to be around Monday. It was only earlier this month that the first release candidate arrives, but this is one rather nice update to the GNU Compiler Collection.
26 March 2011 - Plus Language Improvements - 6 Comments
GCC 4.6 is set to be released next week barring any last minute problems and there are already release candidates out in the wild. Apple and the other developers working on LLVM and Clang are also targeting to release LLVM 2.9 in early April. The second release candidate of LLVM 2.9, Clang 2.9, and LLVM-GCC 2.9 is now available.
25 March 2011 - Battling It Out With GCC - 2 Comments
The GNU developers responsible for GCC have eliminated all of the P1 regressions (their most serious class of regressions in this open-source compiler) in the GNU Compiler Collection 4.6.0 code-base, so they have went ahead and tagged the first release candidate.
14 March 2011 - No More P1 Regressions - 3 Comments
Not only is GCC 4.6 on the way, but the developers at Apple and elsewhere are preparing to release version 2.9 of LLVM, the Low-Level Virtual Machine.
8 March 2011 - Low-Level Virtual Machine - 1 Comment
While it's taken a while to clear out the most prominent bugs/regressions for GCC 4.6, its release candidate is now coming very soon. There's just four P1 regressions left before the release candidate of GNU Compiler Collection version 4.6 arrives.
7 March 2011 - Release Candidate Soon - 3 Comments
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