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Re: GPLv3 clarification - what constitutes IR

On March 6, 2017 6:55:10 PM GMT+01:00, Alexander Monakov <> wrote:
>On Mon, 6 Mar 2017, Richard Biener wrote:
>> >I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice.
>> >
>> >Generating SPIR-V output would not cause that output to become GPLv3
>> >licensed.  However, linking the result against the GCC support
>> >libraries, as is normally required for any program generated by GCC,
>> >and then distributing the resulting executable to other people,
>> >require you to use an eligible compilation process (as defined by
>> >GCC Runtime Library Exception license that you cite).  What this
>> >in practice is that you can not take SPIR-V, do further processing
>> >using a proprietary compiler, link the result with the GCC runtime
>> >libraries, and then distribute the resulting program to anybody
>> >
>> >I don't think it is necessary to determine whether SPIR-V is "target
>> >code" or "intermediate representation" to draw that conclusion.
>> Note we already have the HSAIL and PTX backends which have the very
>> (non-)problem.  Both invoke a proprietary compiler for final
>Sorry, to me this statement sounds a bit ambiguous, so allow me to
>there is no mandatory invocation of proprietary code generators taking
>place as
>part of GCC invocation (I think there's none at all in case of HSAIL,
>and in
>case of PTX it's done for the purpose of syntax checking and can be
>Translation of HSAIL/PTX assembly to GPU binary code takes place when
>host executable runs, on user's machine, by invoking corresponding
>libraries (in
>case of PTX it's NVIDIA's CUDA driver library).
>There is no support for translating HSAIL/PTX on the developer's
>machine and
>linking the resulting GPU binary code into GCC-produced executable.

Yes, the final compilation taking part 'after' distribution might be a working loophole here.  Not sure if that was intended though (and both PTX and HSAIL and up being dynamically linked with libgomp).

I suppose some bits of clarifying documentation would be nice here.


>Hope that helps.

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