This makes roundup2/rounddown2 type- and const-preserving and allows
using it on pointer types without casting to uintptr_t first. Not
performing pointer-to-integer conversions also helps the compiler's
optimization passes and can therefore result in better code generation.
When using it with integer values there should be no change other than
the compiler checking that the alignment value is a valid power-of-two.
I originally implemented these builtins for CHERI a few years ago and
they have been very useful for CheriBSD. However, they are also useful
for non-CHERI code so I was able to upstreamed them for Clang 10.0.
Rationale from the clang documentation:
Clang provides builtins to support checking and adjusting alignment
of pointers and integers. These builtins can be used to avoid relying
on implementation-defined behavior of arithmetic on integers derived
from pointers. Additionally, these builtins retain type information
and, unlike bitwise arithmetic, they can perform semantic checking on
the alignment value.
There is also a feature request for GCC, so GCC may also support it in
the future: https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=98641