[PATCH 00/22] add support for Clang LTO

Peter Zijlstra peterz at infradead.org
Wed Jun 24 17:15:40 EDT 2020

On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 01:31:38PM -0700, Sami Tolvanen wrote:
> This patch series adds support for building x86_64 and arm64 kernels
> with Clang's Link Time Optimization (LTO).
> In addition to performance, the primary motivation for LTO is to allow
> Clang's Control-Flow Integrity (CFI) to be used in the kernel. Google's
> Pixel devices have shipped with LTO+CFI kernels since 2018.
> Most of the patches are build system changes for handling LLVM bitcode,
> which Clang produces with LTO instead of ELF object files, postponing
> ELF processing until a later stage, and ensuring initcall ordering.
> Note that first objtool patch in the series is already in linux-next,
> but as it's needed with LTO, I'm including it also here to make testing
> easier.

I'm very sad that yet again, memory ordering isn't addressed. LTO vastly
increases the range of the optimizer to wreck things.

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