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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
About the Reviewer

Printing an instruction

Printing an assembly instruction is an important step in generating target code. Various classes are defined that work as a gateway to the streamers.

First, we initialize the class for instruction, assigning the operands, the assembly string, pattern, the output variable, and so on in the file:

class InstTOY<dag outs, dag ins, string asmstr, list<dag> pattern>
    : Instruction {
  field bits<32> Inst;
  let Namespace = "TOY";
  dag OutOperandList = outs;
  dag InOperandList = ins;
  let AsmString = asmstr;
  let Pattern = pattern;
  let Size = 4;

Then, we define functions to print operands in TOYInstPrinter.cpp.

void TOYInstPrinter::printOperand(const MCInst *MI, unsigned OpNo,
                                  raw_ostream &O) {
  const MCOperand &Op = MI->getOperand(OpNo);
  if (Op.isReg()) {
    printRegName(O, Op.getReg());
  if (Op.isImm()) {
    O << "#" << Op.getImm();