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The 2014 GNU Tools Cauldron was recently held at the Computer Laboratory (July 18-20). The event brought together researchers and developers working on the GNU Tool Chain (the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), the GNU Debugger (GDB) and the GNU binary utilities) and was the largest ever such meeting, with approximately 150 attendees from Universities and companies around the world.

The sessions were inherently practical in their nature - it being a meeting for working engineers - and talks represented the leading edge in compiler design.

Thanks to sponsorship from several companies and organizations, the event was free to attend, making it an attractive opportunity for students and hobbyists, as well as the professionals who made up the bulk of the participants.

The event was organized by Embecosm (a Hall of Fame company) and Linaro. Dr David Chisnall hosted the event on behalf of the Computer Laboratory.

As well as the support from the Computer Laboratory, the sponsors included Mentor Graphics, IBM, ARM (another Hall of Fame company), Google, Red Hat and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN). The support of the UK Technology Strategy Board through the KTN underlines the leading role the UK plays in compiler development.

The event at the Computer Laboratory was the second major compiler meeting to be held in the UK this year.

All the talks were videoed, and will shortly be available, along with the slide presentations at

Published by Jan Samols on Wednesday 23rd July 2014