LLVM Weekly - #26, Jun 30th 2014

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Some readers may be interested in these two Research Associate/Senior Research Associate positions in the same group that I work in, being advertised until 8th July. It's a really exciting project looking for people with hardware design experience, so pass it on if you know anyone who might be interested.

News and articles from around the web

Vladmir Makarov has done his yearly comparison of GCC and LLVM, posting performance comparisons using SPECInt2000 on ARM and x86-64.

Version 0.13.0 of LDC, the LLVM-based D compiler has been released. This brings a whole host of improvements, listed in detail within the release announcement.

Some Mozilla engineers have been looking at using clang-cl (the MSVC-compatible Clang driver) to build Firefox. With the help of the fallback flag (which falls back o compiling with MSVC if Clang fails) they've managed to get a completed build. Ehsan tells us that 602 of the 7168 files, about 8% require the MSVC fallback at the moment.

Trail of Bits have posted a preview of McSema, a framework for translating x86 binaries to LLVM bitcode. The accompanying talk took place on the 28th June, so hopefully we'll hear more about this soon. The blog post tells us that McSema will be open source and made available soon.

Bruce Mitchener has written up his experience of integrating with LLDB for Dylan.

Codeplay (based in Edinburgh) are advertising for a full time compiler engineer.

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