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GCC 4.8.2 vs. GCC 4.9.0 Benchmarks On Intel's Core i7 Haswell

With GCC 4.9 likely being released in the next few weeks, here are some benchmarks comparing the GCC 4.8.2 stable release against the latest GCC 4.9 snapshot.
30 March 2014 - GCC - 8 Comments

Apple Open-Sources Their 64-bit ARM LLVM Back-End

Back in September of last year after Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S smart-phone with a 64-bit processor, they said they would ultimately open-source their 64-bit ARM compiler back-end... A half-year later, we're finally seeing this code that yields another AArch64 back-end for LLVM.
29 March 2014 - AArch64 - 9 Comments

LLVM 3.4.1 Point Release Planned For Next Month

There's long been talk of doing LLVM point releases with an increasing number of external projects relying upon the open-source compiler infrastructure, but it looks like next month may be the first time for this to happen with LLVM 3.4.1.
26 March 2014 - LLVM 3.4 - 2 Comments

Features You Should Be Able To Find In C++14

The ISO C++ committee has reached the point of possibly having the final draft of C++14 as a minor update to the widely-used programming language. For those curious about the likely changes to find with C++14, here's an article to checkout.
24 March 2014 - C++14 - 14 Comments

GCC 4.9 Is Working Towards A Possible Release In April

While GCC 4.9 is running behind schedule compared to where GCC 4.8 was at this time last year, open-source developers banding together still might get out the GNU Compiler Collection 4.9 release in early April with its many new compiler features.
19 March 2014 - GCC 4.9 - 1 Comment

Duetto C++ Web Compiler Supports Async RPC, New Headers

Duetto is a C++ compiler for the web similar to EmScripten whereby C++ code is made web-compatible through the use of LLVM and a JavaScript back-end. The latest work on the Duetto compiler allows for new functionality.
17 March 2014 - Duetto

OpenACC 1.0 Support Merged For GCC Fortran

Support for the OpenACC parallel programming standard for heterogeneous CPU/GPU systems has been added to GCC's Fortran compiler front-end.
13 March 2014 - OpenACC

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

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