[pypy-svn] r16989 - pypy/release/0.7.x/pypy/doc

rxe at codespeak.net rxe at codespeak.net
Sun Aug 28 13:08:28 CEST 2005

Author: rxe
Date: Sun Aug 28 13:08:28 2005
New Revision: 16989

Added part about LLVM translation

Modified: pypy/release/0.7.x/pypy/doc/translation.txt
--- pypy/release/0.7.x/pypy/doc/translation.txt	(original)
+++ pypy/release/0.7.x/pypy/doc/translation.txt	Sun Aug 28 13:08:28 2005
@@ -562,7 +562,7 @@
 The RPython Typer uses a standard low-level model which we believe can
-correspond rather directly to various target languages from C to LLVM to Java.
+correspond rather directly to various target languages from C to LLVM_ to Java.
 This model is implemented in the first part of `rpython/lltype.py`_.
 The second part of `rpython/lltype.py`_ is a runnable implementation of these
@@ -990,11 +990,33 @@
-XXX to be written
+For information on getting started on the LLVM (`low level virtual machine`_)
+backend - please see `here`_. 
+Similar to the task of GenC, GenLLVM translates a flow graph to low level LLVM
+bytecode.  GenLLVM requires annotation and the `RPython Typer`_ pass, to modify
+the annontated flow graph to replace operations with lower-level equivalents
+which are suitable to be easily translated to LLVM bytecode.
+The LLVM backend would not have been possible without all the people
+contributing to PyPy. Carl Friedrich did an amazing amount of groundwork during
+the first half of 2005. Carl Friedrich and Holger then initiated a revamped
+version based on the new `RPython Typer`_ flow graph. Significant progress was
+made during the Gothenburg sprint - and then the following 6 weeks Eric and
+Richard worked on it, achieving a standalone executable just prior to the
+Heidelberg sprint.  During the Heildelberg sprint Eric and Richard mainly
+worked on sharing the backend external code with GenC.
 .. _`Python again`:
 .. _`Python back-end`:
+.. _`low level virtual machine`: http://llvm.cs.uiuc.edu/
+.. _`here`: getting-started.html#translating-the-flow-graph-to-llvm-code
 The Interplevel Back-End

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