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EmScripten Merges Its Speedy "Fastcomp" Backend

EmScripten, the innovative project for turning C++ code into JavaScript that can be run within web-browsers, has merged its brand new LLVM compiler back-end that is faster and also yields other benefits.
21 April 2014 - EmScripten - 4 Comments

Using Clang's Static Analyzer To Find Bugs In Your Code

Besides shorter compile times and other benefits, one of the other commonly talked about advantages of using LLVM's Clang C/C++ compiler is its arguably excellent static analyzer tool.
18 April 2014 - Clang - 1 Comment

Google Releases An AutoFDO Converter For Perf In LLVM

Google has released a port of their GCC AutoFDO utility for LLVM for directing optimizations back into the compiler from the Linux kernel perf support.
15 April 2014 - AutoFDO

Apple, LLVM Developers Figure Out Their 64-Bit ARM Approach

Two weeks ago Apple open-sourced their 64-bit ARM back-end to LLVM. Following last week's EuroLLVM meeting, they have decided that the community's existing open-source 64-bit ARM back-end will likely be merged into Apple's now-public back-end.
14 April 2014 - AArch64 - 2 Comments

Link-Time Optimizing Improved, But Still Takes A While On GCC 4.9

The GCC 4.9 compiler that's about to be released has many improvements, including in the area of LTO (Link-Time Optimizations), but you must still have a fair amount of patience to compile with LTO support.
13 April 2014 - GCC 4.9 - 11 Comments

Fracture: Another Open-Source Decompiler Project

Fracture is another open-source project aiming to offer users/developers the ability to decompile binaries back into an intermediate form.
13 April 2014 - Decompiler - 2 Comments

Linux 3.15 Can Almost Be Compiled Under LLVM's Clang

A few hours ago I wrote about the most interesting features for the Linux 3.15 kernel from my perspective as it didn't look like anything else interesting would be introduced this late in the merge window before the imminent 3.15-rc1. However, this time I've been happily proven wrong with Clang patches being added to the Linux 3.15 kernel.
12 April 2014 - LLVMLinux - 26 Comments

Slides From The 2014 European LLVM Conference

The annual European LLVM Conference happened this past week in Edinburgh, Scotland. Slides and other media from the LLVM compiler infrastructure presentation are now available.
12 April 2014 - LLVM

Running GCC 4.9 On AMD's AM1 Kabini With Jaguar Cores

Using the AMD Athlon 5350 AM1 APU with its four "Jaguar" cores operating at 2.05GHz, I ran some benchmarks from Ubuntu 14.04 Linux comparing the performance of binaries compiled under GCC 4.8.2 and this week's GCC 4.9.0 RC1. Is GCC 4.9 better able to exploit the potential out of AMD's Jaguar microarchitecture? Let's see.
12 April 2014 - GCC 4.9.0 - 8 Comments

LLVM 3.4.1 Is Now Ready For Testing

Point releases to the LLVM compiler infrastructure are finally becoming a reality with the LLVM 3.4.1 release being just days away.
12 April 2014 - LLVM 3.4.1 - 2 Comments

Bringing Major Features, GCC 4.9 RC1 Has Been Released

As the annual update to the GNU Compiler Collection, GCC 4.9 is poised to be released in the days ahead. The first release candidate was issued today and it's a very hefty update to this leading open-source compiler.
11 April 2014 - GCC 4.9 - 3 Comments

ARM Adopts Using The LLVM/Clang Compiler

ARM Compiler 6 is beginning to use the LLVM/Clang compiler.
9 April 2014 - LLVM - 8 Comments

Dropbox Announces Their Own Open-Source Python

The Dropbox cloud storage provider has announced Pyston, their own open-source JIT compiler to Python. The big focus with Pyston is on speed.
4 April 2014 - Pyston - 35 Comments

Rust Language 0.10 Released With Big Improvements

Version 0.10 of Rust is not out from the Mozilla community and it's a huge update.
3 April 2014 - Rust Lang - 33 Comments

LLVM Spun Off Into Its Own Independent, Non-Profit

For years I've heard of LLVM planning to spin off into its own non-profit, independent organization and today that's finally moving forward.
3 April 2014 - LLVM Foundation - 17 Comments

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

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