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LLVM 7.0.0 Release Notes
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This document contains the release notes for the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure,
release 7.0.0. Here we describe the status of LLVM, including major improvements
from the previous release, improvements in various subprojects of LLVM, and
some of the current users of the code. All LLVM releases may be downloaded
from the `LLVM releases web site <>`_.
For more information about LLVM, including information about the latest
release, please check out the `main LLVM web site <>`_. If you
have questions or comments, the `LLVM Developer's Mailing List
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Non-comprehensive list of changes in this release
* The Windows installer no longer includes a Visual Studio integration.
Instead, a new
`LLVM Compiler Toolchain Visual Studio extension <>`_
is available on the Visual Studio Marketplace. The new integration
supports Visual Studio 2017.
* The LoopInstSimplify pass (``-loop-instsimplify``) has been removed.
* Symbols starting with ``?`` are no longer mangled by LLVM when using the
Windows ``x`` or ``w`` IR mangling schemes.
* A new tool named :doc:`llvm-exegesis <CommandGuide/llvm-exegesis>` has been
added. :program:`llvm-exegesis` automatically measures instruction scheduling
properties (latency/uops) and provides a principled way to edit scheduling
* A new tool named :doc:`llvm-mca <CommandGuide/llvm-mca>` has been added.
:program:`llvm-mca` is a static performance analysis tool that uses
information available in LLVM to statically predict the performance of
machine code for a specific CPU.
* Optimization of floating-point casts is improved. This may cause surprising
results for code that is relying on the undefined behavior of overflowing
casts. The optimization can be disabled by specifying a function attribute:
``"strict-float-cast-overflow"="false"``. This attribute may be created by the
clang option ``-fno-strict-float-cast-overflow``.
Code sanitizers can be used to detect affected patterns. The clang option for
detecting this problem alone is ``-fsanitize=float-cast-overflow``:
.. code-block:: c
int main() {
float x = 4294967296.0f;
x = (float)((int)x);
printf("junk in the ftrunc: %f\n", x);
return 0;
.. code-block:: bash
clang -O1 ftrunc.c -fsanitize=float-cast-overflow ; ./a.out
ftrunc.c:5:15: runtime error: 4.29497e+09 is outside the range of representable values of type 'int'
junk in the ftrunc: 0.000000
* ``LLVM_ON_WIN32`` is no longer set by ``llvm/Config/config.h`` and
``llvm/Config/llvm-config.h``. If you used this macro, use the compiler-set
``_WIN32`` instead which is set exactly when ``LLVM_ON_WIN32`` used to be set.
* The ``DEBUG`` macro has been renamed to ``LLVM_DEBUG``, the interface remains
the same. If you used this macro you need to migrate to the new one.
You should also clang-format your code to make it easier to integrate future
changes locally. This can be done with the following bash commands:
.. code-block:: bash
git grep -l 'DEBUG' | xargs perl -pi -e 's/\bDEBUG\s?\(/LLVM_DEBUG(/g'
git diff -U0 master | ../clang/tools/clang-format/ -i -p1 -style LLVM
* Early support for UBsan, X-Ray instrumentation and libFuzzer (x86 and x86_64)
for OpenBSD. Support for MSan (x86_64), X-Ray instrumentation and libFuzzer
(x86 and x86_64) for FreeBSD.
* ``SmallVector<T, 0>`` shrank from ``sizeof(void*) * 4 + sizeof(T)`` to
``sizeof(void*) + sizeof(unsigned) * 2``, smaller than ``std::vector<T>`` on
64-bit platforms. The maximum capacity is now restricted to ``UINT32_MAX``.
Since SmallVector doesn't have the exception-safety pessimizations some
implementations saddle ``std::vector`` with and is better at using ``realloc``,
it's now a better choice even on the heap (although when ``TinyPtrVector`` works,
that's even smaller).
* Preliminary/experimental support for DWARF v5 debugging information,
including the new ``.debug_names`` accelerator table. DWARF emitted at ``-O0``
should be fully DWARF v5 compliant. Type units and split DWARF are known
not to be compliant, and higher optimization levels will still emit some
information in v4 format.
* Added support for the ``.rva`` assembler directive for COFF targets.
* The :program:`llvm-rc` tool (Windows Resource Compiler) has been improved
a bit. There are still known missing features, but it is generally usable
in many cases. (The tool still doesn't preprocess input files automatically,
but it can now handle leftover C declarations in preprocessor output, if
given output from a preprocessor run externally.)
* CodeView debug info can now be emitted for MinGW configurations, if requested.
* The :program:`opt` tool now supports the ``-load-pass-plugin`` option for
loading pass plugins for the new PassManager.
* Support for profiling JITed code with perf.
Changes to the LLVM IR
* The signatures for the builtins ``@llvm.memcpy``, ``@llvm.memmove``, and
``@llvm.memset`` have changed. Alignment is no longer an argument, and are
instead conveyed as parameter attributes.
* ```` has been renamed to ````.
* ```` metadata can now refer only to empty metadata nodes.
Changes to the AArch64 Target
* The ``.inst`` assembler directive is now usable on both COFF and Mach-O
targets, in addition to ELF.
* Support for most remaining COFF relocations has been added.
* Support for TLS on Windows has been added.
* Assembler and disassembler support for the ARM Scalable Vector Extension has
been added.
Changes to the ARM Target
* The ``.inst`` assembler directive is now usable on both COFF and Mach-O
targets, in addition to ELF. For Thumb, it can now also automatically
deduce the instruction size, without having to specify it with
e.g. ``.inst.w`` as before.
Changes to the Hexagon Target
* Hexagon now supports auto-vectorization for HVX. It is disabled by default
and can be turned on with ``-fvectorize``. For auto-vectorization to take
effect, code generation for HVX needs to be enabled with ``-mhvx``.
The complete set of options should include ``-fvectorize``, ``-mhvx``,
and ``-mhvx-length={64b|128b}``.
* The support for Hexagon ISA V4 is deprecated and will be removed in the
next release.
Changes to the MIPS Target
During this release the MIPS target has:
* Added support for Virtualization, Global INValidate ASE,
and CRC ASE instructions.
* Introduced definitions of ``[d]rem``, ``[d]remu``,
and microMIPSR6 ``ll/sc`` instructions.
* Shrink-wrapping is now supported and enabled by default (except for ``-O0``).
* Extended size reduction pass by the LWP and SWP instructions.
* Gained initial support of GlobalISel instruction selection framework.
* Updated the P5600 scheduler model not to use instruction itineraries.
* Added disassembly support for comparison and fused (negative) multiply
``add/sub`` instructions.
* Improved the selection of multiple instructions.
* Load/store ``lb``, ``sb``, ``ld``, ``sd``, ``lld``, ... instructions
now support 32/64-bit offsets.
* Added support for ``y``, ``M``, and ``L`` inline assembler operand codes.
* Extended list of relocations supported by the ``.reloc`` directive
* Fixed using a wrong register class for creating an emergency
spill slot for mips3 / n64 ABI.
* MIPS relocation types were generated for microMIPS code.
* Corrected definitions of multiple instructions (``lwp``, ``swp``, ``ctc2``,
``cfc2``, ``sync``, ``synci``, ``cvt.d.w``, ...).
* Fixed atomic operations at ``-O0`` level.
* Fixed local dynamic TLS with Sym64
Changes to the PowerPC Target
During this release the PowerPC target has:
* Replaced the list scheduler for post register allocation with the machine scheduler.
* Added support for ``coldcc`` calling convention.
* Added support for ``symbol@high`` and ``symbol@higha`` symbol modifiers.
* Added support for quad-precision floating point type (``__float128``) under the llvm option ``-enable-ppc-quad-precision``.
* Added dump function to ``LatencyPriorityQueue``.
* Completed the Power9 scheduler model.
* Optimized TLS code generation.
* Improved MachineLICM for hoisting constant stores.
* Improved code generation to reduce register use by using more register + immediate instructions.
* Improved code generation to better exploit rotate-and-mask instructions.
* Fixed the bug in dynamic loader for JIT which crashed NNVM.
* Numerous bug fixes and code cleanups.
Changes to the SystemZ Target
During this release the SystemZ target has:
* Added support for vector registers in inline asm statements.
* Added support for stackmaps, patchpoints, and the anyregcc
calling convention.
* Changed the default function alignment to 16 bytes.
* Improved codegen for condition code handling.
* Improved instruction scheduling and microarchitecture tuning for z13/z14.
* Fixed support for generating GCOV coverage data.
* Fixed some codegen bugs.
Changes to the X86 Target
* The calling convention for the ``f80`` data type on MinGW targets has been
fixed. Normally, the calling convention for this type is handled within clang,
but if an intrinsic is used, which LLVM expands into a libcall, the
proper calling convention needs to be supported in LLVM as well. (Note,
on Windows, this data type is only used for long doubles in MinGW
environments - in MSVC environments, long doubles are the same size as
normal doubles.)
Changes to the OCaml bindings
* Removed ``add_bb_vectorize``.
Changes to the C API
* Removed ``LLVMAddBBVectorizePass``. The implementation was removed and the C
interface was made a deprecated no-op in LLVM 5. Use
``LLVMAddSLPVectorizePass`` instead to get the supported SLP vectorizer.
* Expanded the OrcJIT APIs so they can register event listeners like debuggers
and profilers.
Changes to the DAG infrastructure
* ``ADDC``/``ADDE``/``SUBC``/``SUBE`` are now deprecated and will default to expand. Backends
that wish to continue to use these opcodes should explicitely request to do so
using ``setOperationAction`` in their ``TargetLowering``. New backends
should use ``UADDO``/``ADDCARRY``/``USUBO``/``SUBCARRY`` instead of the deprecated opcodes.
* The ``SETCCE`` opcode has now been removed in favor of ``SETCCCARRY``.
* TableGen now supports multi-alternative pattern fragments via the ``PatFrags``
class. ``PatFrag`` is now derived from ``PatFrags``, which may require minor
changes to backends that directly access ``PatFrag`` members.
External Open Source Projects Using LLVM 7
Zig Programming Language
`Zig <>`_ is an open-source programming language designed
for robustness, optimality, and clarity. Zig is an alternative to C, providing
high level features such as generics, compile time function execution, partial
evaluation, and LLVM-based coroutines, while exposing low level LLVM IR
features such as aliases and intrinsics. Zig uses Clang to provide automatic
import of .h symbols - even inline functions and macros. Zig uses LLD combined
with lazily building compiler-rt to provide out-of-the-box cross-compiling for
all supported targets.
Additional Information
A wide variety of additional information is available on the `LLVM web page
<>`_, in particular in the `documentation
<>`_ section. The web page also contains versions of the
API documentation which is up-to-date with the Subversion version of the source
code. You can access versions of these documents specific to this release by
going into the ``llvm/docs/`` directory in the LLVM tree.
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