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LLVM Essentials

By : Mayur Pandey, Suyog Sarda, David Farago
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LLVM Essentials

By: Mayur Pandey, Suyog Sarda, David Farago

Overview of this book

LLVM is currently the point of interest for many firms, and has a very active open source community. It provides us with a compiler infrastructure that can be used to write a compiler for a language. It provides us with a set of reusable libraries that can be used to optimize code, and a target-independent code generator to generate code for different backends. It also provides us with a lot of other utility tools that can be easily integrated into compiler projects. This book details how you can use the LLVM compiler infrastructure libraries effectively, and will enable you to design your own custom compiler with LLVM in a snap. We start with the basics, where you’ll get to know all about LLVM. We then cover how you can use LLVM library calls to emit intermediate representation (IR) of simple and complex high-level language paradigms. Moving on, we show you how to implement optimizations at different levels, write an optimization pass, generate code that is independent of a target, and then map the code generated to a backend. The book also walks you through CLANG, IR to IR transformations, advanced IR block transformations, and target machines. By the end of this book, you’ll be able to easily utilize the LLVM libraries in your own projects.
Table of Contents (14 chapters)
LLVM Essentials
About the Authors
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Emitting function arguments

A function takes arguments that have their own data type. For simplification, assume that our function has all the arguments of i32 type (integer 32 bit).

For example, we will consider that two arguments, a and b, are passed to the function. We will store these two arguments in a vector:

 static std::vector <std::string> FunArgs;

The next step is to specify that the function will have two arguments. This can be done by passing the Integer argument to the functiontype.

Function *createFunc(IRBuilder<> &Builder, std::string Name) {
  std::vector<Type *> Integers(FunArgs.size(), Type::getInt32Ty(Context));
  FunctionType *funcType =
      llvm::FunctionType::get(Builder.getInt32Ty(), Integers, false);
  Function *fooFunc = llvm::Function::Create(
      funcType, llvm::Function::ExternalLinkage, Name, ModuleOb);
  return fooFunc;

The last step is to set the names of the function arguments. This...