LLVM Weekly - #3, Jan 20th 2014

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News and articles from around the web

Eli Bendersky has penned some thoughts on LLVM vs. libjit. Eli describes libjit as being more limited, yet easier to understand and to get going with due to its focus. He also makes interesting claims such as "to be honest, I don't think it's possible to create a really fast JIT within the framework of LLVM, because of its modularity. The faster the JIT, the more you’ll have to deviate from the framework of LLVM". As well as the comments directly on the blog post, there is some good discussion over at Reddit .

Version 2.0-RC1 Capstone disassembly framework has been released. Capstone is built using code from LLVM. The new release features reduced memory usage, faster Python bindings, and support for PowerPC among other changes.

Planet Clang has been announced. It is a news feed following blog posts from Clang and LLVM committers and contributors. The blog roll is fairly short right now, but you're welcome to submit your RSS feed via the email address in the announcement post.

The PDF of an upcoming paper to be presented at CGO next month has been released. WatchdogLite: Hardware-Accelerated Compiler-Based Pointer Checking proposes instruction set extensions to accelerate pointer checking functions and achieves a performance overhead of 29% in return for memory safety. The compiler extends (and is compared to) SoftBound + CETS.

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