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LLVM is an acronym for low level virtual machine - a name not used anymore. The original vision was to repeat the success of JVM - e.g. define a bytecode (called LLVM bitcode) and tools to process it:

  • Generate it from various languages C (via clang), Java (via RoboVM), almost any language
  • Optimize it
  • Emit code for various processor architectures from it

LLVM started as a competing project to GCC stack and tools. Given that LLVM has been adopted by Apple (for it Mac and iOS tooling) and many other companies, it is a great success.

Of course, as a loyal OracleLabs member I do believe we can beat the LLVM with our GraalVM stack.

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