LLVM 14.0.0 Release Notes

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These are in-progress notes for the upcoming LLVM 14 release. Release notes for previous releases can be found on the Download Page.

Introduction

This document contains the release notes for the LLVM Compiler Infrastructure, release 14.0.0. 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.

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Non-comprehensive list of changes in this release

Changes to the LLVM IR

  • Using the legacy pass manager for the optimization pipeline is deprecated and will be removed after LLVM 14. In the meantime, only minimal effort will be made to maintain the legacy pass manager for the optimization pipeline.
  • Max allowed integer type was reduced from 2^24-1 bits to 2^23 bits.
  • Max allowed alignment was increased from 2^29 to 2^32.

Changes to the AArch64 Backend

  • Added support for the Armv9-A, Armv9.1-A and Armv9.2-A architectures.
  • The compiler now recognises the “tune-cpu” function attribute to support the use of the -mtune frontend flag. This allows certain scheduling features and optimisations to be enabled independently of the architecture. If the “tune-cpu” attribute is absent it tunes according to the “target-cpu”.

Changes to the ARM Backend

  • Added support for the Armv9-A, Armv9.1-A and Armv9.2-A architectures.

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  • Support for AVX512-FP16 instructions has been added.

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Changes to the C API

  • LLVMSetInstDebugLocation has been deprecated in favor of the more general LLVMAddMetadataToInst.

Changes to the Debug Info

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Changes to LLDB

  • A change in Clang’s type printing has changed the way LLDB names array types (from int [N] to int[N]) - LLDB pretty printer type name matching code may need to be updated to handle this.

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 Git 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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