SN Systems Tech Blog


Improving the Optimized Debugging Experience

ARTICLE BY: Orlando Cazalet-Hyams
POSTED: Dec 06, 2019
TAGS: LLVM Developers Meeting, Toolchain

Sometimes it is impractical to debug unoptimized code (-g -O0). However, the optimized debugging experience (-g -O2) can be frustrating and occasionally misleading. This is not ideal, especially when printf-debugging won't cut it. But it doesn't have to be this way! Over the last year, using DExTer and other tools, we have found many debug-info bugs that occur when compiling with optimizations. Some remain unfixed and there are certainly more to be found. In this talk I'll outline some examples of these bugs, how we found them, and what we're doing to improve the optimized debugging experience.


Supporting Regular and Thin LTO with a Single LTO Bitcode Format

ARTICLE BY: Matthew Voss
POSTED: Nov 28, 2019
TAGS: LLVM, LLVM Developers Meeting, LTO, Toolchain

In LLVM versions up to and including 10.0, LTO bitcode files are specialized to either Thin or Regular LTO. As a user or middleware library provider, this increases the complexity. A user must recompile all files for the type of LTO and library providers must ship two versions of their bitcode. This talk outlines Sony Interactive Entertainment’s (SIE) solution: a single LTO bitcode format that can be used with both Thin and Regular LTO backends.


Targeting a statically compiled program repository with LLVM

ARTICLE BY: Russell Gallop & Phil Camp
POSTED: Jul 17, 2019
TAGS: LLVM Developers Meeting, Toolchain

Following on from the 2016 talk "Demo of a repository for statically compiled programs", this lightning talk will present a brief overview of how LLVM was modified to target a program repository. This includes adding a new target output format and a new optimization pass to skip program elements already present in the repository.