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Capstone 2.1 Disassembly Framework Brings Improvements

Version 2.1 of the LLVM-based Capstone Disassembly Framework is now available.
10 March 2014 - Disassembler

Some PNaCl LLVM Patches Might Make Writing LLVM Back-Ends Easier

Some work from Google's Portable Native Client (PNaCl) work might be pushed upstream in LLVM as it benefits the EmScripten JavaScript back-end and other interesting use-cases.
5 March 2014 - PNaCl

Students Can Help Improve LLVM & Clang, Make The Kernel Build

Besides GCC looking towards new features and improvements this year via Google's Summer of Code, the LLVM project also has a growing list of hopeful projects for student developers.
3 March 2014 - GSoC

LLVM Leaps Ahead With Its Migration To C++11

Ending out February, compiler developer Chandler Carruth at Google flipped the upstream LLVM build systems to building under C++11 by default. So far nothing has broken and in the days ahead they will carry out more tests in their approach to now using C++11 features by default as they develop this leading compiler infrastructure.
1 March 2014 - C++11 - 2 Comments

Possible Summer Improvements To The GCC Compiler

For any students looking to get involved with this year's Google Summer of Code, the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) has several interesting projects that are looking to be tackled.
20 February 2014 - GCC GSoC

Clang Lands A Virtual File-System

LLVM's Clang compiler now has a virtual file-system implementation.
19 February 2014 - Clang - 10 Comments

Intel Gets AVX-512 Support Going In GCC

The forthcoming release of the GCC 4.9 compiler will feature support for Advanced Vector Extensions 512 (AVX-512) although this instruction set extension won't be appearing on Intel CPUs for a while.
10 February 2014 - GCC 4.9 - 5 Comments

GCC & LLVM Developers May Begin Collaborating

As an interesting turn of events after Richard Stallman called LLVM a "terrible setback" and the discussion that ensued, it turns out that the GCC and LLVM/Clang developers might start to better collaborate under some sort of open-source compiler initiative.
8 February 2014 - GCC + LLVM - 27 Comments

LLVM Still Working On Linux Kernel Support

A group of developers remain hard at work on the LLVMLinux project to build the mainline Linux kernel on x86 and ARM with the Clang compiler.
3 February 2014 - Kernel Compilation - 17 Comments

Clang Is Now Self-Hosting On Linux/FreeBSD SPARC64

For those users with SPARC64 hardware, LLVM's Clang compiler has received support for this CPU architecture.
2 February 2014 - Self-Hosting - 8 Comments

Apple Originally Tried To Give GPL'ed LLVM To GCC

Phoronix was the first to report widespread on Richard Stallman calling LLVM a "terrible setback" with the innovative and growing compiler infrastructure being put out under a BSD-style license instead of the GPL. Well, a little known fact is that when LLVM was first starting out, Apple tried integrating LLVM changes with GCC but it was rejected by the GCC developers.
25 January 2014 - LLVM GCC - 76 Comments

Samsung Brings OpenACC 1.0+ Support To GCC Fortran

Samsung is still working towards bringing OpenACC support to GCC. We've seen Samsung developers working on OpenACC for GCC over the past several months -- along with other OpenACC initiatives out of CodeSourcery, etc -- and now there's some new OpenACC GCC Fortran patches.
24 January 2014 - Samsung OpenACC - 3 Comments

Richard Stallman Calls LLVM A "Terrible Setback"

In the days since Eric S. Raymond had some choice words about GCC vs. Clang, the bickering and fighting over GCC vs. Clang compilers has continued. Richard M. Stallman has come out this morning on the Free Software Foundation's mailing list with his views to reiterate.
24 January 2014 - RMS Comments - 221 Comments

Eric S. Raymond Calls Out The FSF/GCC On Clang

Eric S. Raymond has made some very interesting -- and what surely will be considered very controversial remarks -- about the Free Software Foundation's views on the GCC compiler and its lack of acceptance towards (potentially non-free) compiler plug-ins in a time of LLVM's Clang existence and ongoing acceptance.
21 January 2014 - ESR Comments On Clang - 50 Comments

LLVM Point Releases Look Like They Will Finally Happen

It looks like there's finally going to be stable point releases of the LLVM compiler infrastructure for pushing out bug-fixes quicker, whether you're using the Clang C/C++ compiler or depending upon LLVM for your GPU driver compiler back-end.
20 January 2014 - LLVM Stable Series

Capstone 2.0 RC1 Disassembly Framework Arrives

Last month on Phoronix I wrote about libbeauty as an open-source decompiler and in the past for similar decompile purposes there's been Dagger. Along the same theme, another LLVM tool that's now almost up to version 2.0 is Capstone.
20 January 2014 - LLVM-Based

LLVM Clang vs. GCC Compilers For AMD's Steamroller

Besides the interesting but disappointing AMD Kaveri Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Linux driver benchmarks published this morning, here's some more AMD A10-7850K "Kaveri" benchmarks for your Sunday viewing pleasure.
19 January 2014 - A10-7850K Kaveri - 10 Comments

Daily LLVM Clang Packages Come For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

There's now daily LLVM and Clang compiler packages for Ubuntu 14.04 Linux.
17 January 2014 - Ubuntu 14.04 Clang'ing - 1 Comment

Intel Working On 16-bit x86 Support For LLVM

While we have advanced well beyond the Intel 8086 in the processor world, an Intel open-source technology center developer is currently working on 16-bit x86 support for the LLVM compiler infrastructure.
15 January 2014 - 16-bit x86 - 13 Comments

LLVM Clang Works On Profile-Guided Optimizations

Profile-Guided Optimization (PGO) support is landing within LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler in catching up to feature parity with GCC and their never-ending effort to improve performance of compiled binaries.
14 January 2014 - Clang PGO

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