Why use Clang and LLVM to compile the Linux kernel? The proposed talk aims to answer this question by focusing on the application of the Clang/LLVM framework to real-world problems. First, Clang's powerful ability to manipulate and analyze source code will be presented as a tool for detecting bugs and refactoring code. Then, the performance of Clang/LLVM will be considered, and benchmarks comparing GCC-compiled Linux and LLVM-compiled Linux will be shown. A handful of open-source Clang/LLVM examples (plugins and utilities) will be discussed during the presentation and made available for attendees to experiment with.
The intended audience for this talk is: developers who are interested in the state of LLVM-compiled Linux, anyone interested in the progress of Clang and GCC performance and anyone with a general interest in learning more about Clang. The talk will be developer-oriented.