bitcode
LLVM bitcode generator
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bitcode

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Generate LLVM bitcode with JS API and no C++ bindings.

What is bitcode?

LLVM bitcode is a binary representation of LLVM IR (where IR stands for Intermediate Representation, and LLVM is a compiler infrastructure that is used for building C/C++/swift/rust/etc projects with clang).

Who needs this project?

LLVM is perfect for building languages, and for tools that generate machine code. Instead of manual support of multiple architectures (e.g. x86_64, arm, arm64), an architecture-independent Intermediate Representation might be generated out of the source program. LLVM takes this representation and transforms it to highly-optimized machine code.

Usually this is achieved through C/C++ API of LLVM. This project, however, does the same thing using only JavaScript and Node.js Buffer API.

Limitations

There're tons of unsupported instructions and data types in this module. In fact, it has barely enough instructions to be useful in llparse. Should you have any need in more types/instructions for your project - please do not hesitate to file a bug, or (better) send a Pull Request for the feature.

In particular:

  • floating point is not supported
  • floating-point related optimization features (for calls, and so on) are absent
  • int64 constant values are limited to int32 range
  • vectors are not supported
  • opaque structure fields are not supported
  • try/catch-related instructions are not supported
  • stack allocation is not supported
  • memory fencing, and atomics is not supported
  • no addrspace support
  • no varargs
  • no GC support even
  • probably more

Usage

See bitcode-builder for Builder API.

import * as fs from 'fs';
import { Module } from 'bitcode';

const bitcode = new Module('source-name');

// Create an instance of `bitcode-builder`
const b = bitcode.createBuilder();

// Define a function
const sig = b.signature(b.i(32), [ b.i(32), b.i(32) ]);
const fn = sig.defineFunction('fn_name', [ 'param0', 'param1' ]);

const param0 = fn.getArgument('param0');
const param1 = fn.getArgument('param1');
const sum = fn.body.binop('add', param0, param1);

fn.body.ret(sum);

// Add function to the module
bitcode.add(fn);

// Build module
fs.writeFileSync('out.bc', bitcode.build());

Running opt -S out.bc (opt is a part of LLVM suite) will print:

; ModuleID = 'out.bc'
source_filename = "source-name"

define i32 @fn_name(i32 %param0, i32 %param1) {
  %1 = add i32 %param0, %param1
  ret i32 %1
}

LICENSE

This software is licensed under the MIT License.

Copyright Fedor Indutny, 2018.

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

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