[PATCH] D12310: Introducing llvm.invariant.group.barrier intrinsic & Global Opt handling

Piotr Padlewski via llvm-commits llvm-commits at lists.llvm.org
Tue Sep 8 11:28:52 PDT 2015

Prazek marked an inline comment as done.

Comment at: lib/CodeGen/CodeGenPrepare.cpp:1414-1417
@@ -1413,2 +1413,6 @@
+    case Intrinsic::invariant_group_barrier:
+      II->replaceAllUsesWith(II->getArgOperand(0));
+      II->eraseFromParent();
+      return true;
nlewycky wrote:
> Do we also discard the !invariant.group metadata on instructions?
> The backend has pointers to the Value*'s, it would be bad if they used the !invariant.group markers but all the invariant.group.barrier calls had been removed.
The question is, does it make any difference? What I understand, is that CodeGenPrepare is done just before machine code generation, which means that additional metadata in load/stores doesn't make any difference.

Comment at: lib/Transforms/IPO/GlobalOpt.cpp:2507-2508
@@ -2506,1 +2506,4 @@
+        } else if (II->getIntrinsicID() == Intrinsic::invariant_group_barrier) {
+          setVal(II, getVal(II->getOperand(0)));
+          DEBUG(dbgs() << "Passing through invariant.group.barrier intrinsic.\n");
nlewycky wrote:
> Why is this safe? We have
>   %p2 = call @invariant.group.barrier(%p1)
> and we set that %p2 just plain *is* %p1. Then nothing happens until evaluation completes and we commit the changes, which means replacing %p2 with %p1. At the time, why won't that operation miscompile?
> I can think of two possible reasons, one is that %p1 may be constrained (like, it may be a ConstantExpr) and the other is that we may know that there are no remaining loads of either %p1 or %p2 with !invariant.group on them.
> In any event, please answer in the form of a comment in this code. :)
What do you mean about miscompile? 
I think this is safe because global-opt doesn't care about !invariant.group metadata, which means that getting rid of invariant.group.barrier will not break anything.


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