cmd/gc: optimize memclr of slices and arrays

Recognize loops of the form

for i := range a {
	a[i] = zero

in which the evaluation of a is free from side effects.
Replace these loops with calls to memclr.
This occurs in the stdlib in 18 places.

The motivating example is clearing a byte slice:

benchmark                old ns/op     new ns/op     delta
BenchmarkGoMemclr5       3.31          3.26          -1.51%
BenchmarkGoMemclr16      13.7          3.28          -76.06%
BenchmarkGoMemclr64      50.8          4.14          -91.85%
BenchmarkGoMemclr256     157           6.02          -96.17%

Update #5373.

Change-Id: I99d3e6f5f268e8c6499b7e661df46403e5eb83e4
Reviewed-by: Keith Randall <>
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