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Bill Wendling Leaves LLVM Release Manager Role

Some weeks ago on Twitter a follower had mentioned a rumor that Apple was forcing its compiler developers to focus less on general LLVM work and to basically spend their time on Apple's new Swift project. While there's been a general slowdown of direct Apple contributions to LLVM, there's the latest sign today they might be divesting their interest somewhat in direct management of this open-source compiler infrastructure.
14 October 2014 - LLVM/Clang - 28 Comments

Open-Source .NET Fans Push Its New Foundation

This year at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference a .NET Foundation was announced to steward the "open-source technologies for .NET" While many open-source fans aren't too enthusiastic about .NET in any capacity, the .NET Foundation is beginning to move forward.
14 October 2014 - .NET Foundation - 39 Comments

JIT Support Is Closer To Landing For GCC

Since last year there's been an initiative for an embeddable GCC JIT compiler and ambitions to mainline the JIT support with LLVM long having been promoted for its Just-In-Time compilation abilities. Now with new patches, GCC JIT is a step closer to being mainlined.
14 October 2014 - GCC JIT

Undertaker 1.6 Works For Linux Kernel Static Pre-Processor Code Analysis

Undertaker is a project centered around static code analysis for code with C preprocessor directives. Undertaker is based on the VAMOS and CADOS research projects and is able to analyze the preprocessor directives of the Linux kernel.
14 October 2014 - Undertaker

ARM's Cortex-A17 Now Supported By LLVM & Clang

The LLVM compiler infrastructure and Clang C/C++ language front-end now have support for the ARM Cortex-A17.
13 October 2014 - Cortex-A17

StarPU Tries To Make Hybrid CPU/GPU Programming Easy

StarPU is described as a unified run-time system for heterogeneous multi-core architectures that is a task programming library with support for CPUs and GPUs. StarPU tries to be more effective than OpenMP, OpenACC, and the many other multi-threaded/multi-device programming interfaces.
11 October 2014 - StarPU - 2 Comments

GCC 5 Might Switch Its Default C Version To "GNU11"

The GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) might finally be switching over its default C standard from the C89-derived GNU89 to the much more modern ISO C11-based GNU11.
7 October 2014 - C89 To C11 - 28 Comments

Understanding HHVM's Compilation Process & Bytecode

For those into compilers, bytecodes, and low-level programming or just wanting to know why Facebook's HHVM project tends to be so much faster for PHP than PHP itself, here's a great article.
7 October 2014 - HipHop Virtual Machine - 1 Comment

Capstone 3.0 RC1 Disassembly Supports 3DNow Instructions, Python 3 Bindings

The first release candidate is out for the upcoming Capstone 3.0 disassembly framework.
6 October 2014 - Capstone 3.0 RC1

GCC Has A Call For Help To Improve Diagnostics

While GCC's diagnostics capabilities have improved in the late GCC 4.x releases along with bug-fixes, there's a call for help to further improve the important open-source compiler.
6 October 2014 - GCC 5 - 7 Comments

OpenMP 4.0 Offloading Is Closer For GCC 5

While GCC 4.9 features OpenMP 4.0 support, it doesn't feature the OpenMP offloading support, but that should be coming soon to mainline GCC.
30 September 2014 - OpenMP Offload

Clasp: Even Common Lisp Is Coming To LLVM

The latest open-source project devising an LLVM back-end is a Common Lisp implementation.
29 September 2014 - Clasp - 6 Comments

PyPy 2.4 "Snow White" Released

Version 2.4 of the PyPy Python interpreter and JIT compiler has been released.
22 September 2014 - Python - 5 Comments

CLike: A New, "Simple C-Like" Programming Language

One of the latest programming languages out there is now CLike, a language inspired by the C programming language but with an extensible syntax and typed macros support.
22 September 2014 - CLike - 30 Comments

CppCon Wrapped Up & There Was A Lot For C++ Developers

CppCon ended last week as the annual meeting for any and all C++ developers. CppCon is filled with many interesting talks and the conference overall received rave reviews from C++ developers. While we weren't in attendance at the event, there's interesting notes and slides coming out from those in attendance.
15 September 2014 - CppCon

LLVM Clang Now Builds Even More Debian Packages

Going back two years has been an initiative to build the Debian package base with LLVM/Clang rather than GCC -- for much the same reasons as building the Linux kernel with Clang. Thanks to Google's Summer of Code, there's been more progress on building out Debian using the latest Clang compiler.
15 September 2014 - Clang'ing It Up - 1 Comment

Pyston 0.2 Is A Heck Of A Lot Better At Running Python Programs

Earlier this year cloud storage provider Dropbox open-sourced their own high-performance Python implementation, Pyston. Pyston is a JIT-based Python implementation built atop the LLVM compiler stack. The initial Pyston release was a bit basic but now after months of work, Dropbox is announcing the second version of Pyston.
15 September 2014 - Pyston - 8 Comments

Running GCC 5 On Intel's Haswell-E i7-5960X

After comparing GCC 4.9 and LLVM Clang 3.5 as the latest stable compilers on the new Intel Core i7 5960X "Haswell-E" system, here's benchmarks of the thousand dollar processor with the in-development GCC 5.
13 September 2014 - GCC 4.9 vs. GCC 5.0 - 1 Comment

GCC 4.9 vs. LLVM Clang 3.5 On Intel's Haswell-E Platform Under Linux

With my Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Linux review out there, one of the quick to be requested extra tests is benchmarking the i7-5960X 16-thread processor with LLVM/Clang against GCC. Here's some initial data comparing the compilers for this $1000+ processor.
11 September 2014 - Compiler Battle - 11 Comments

GCC 5 Will Have Full Support For Intel's Cilk Plus

While GCC has had Cilk Plus multi-threading support since last year that made it into GCC 4.9, with the upcoming GCC 5 release will be full support for Intel's Cilk Plus specification.
10 September 2014 - Cilk Plus - 2 Comments

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