[PATCH] D24118: [JumpThreading] Only write back branch-weight MDs for blocks that originally had PGO info

Adam Nemet via llvm-commits llvm-commits at lists.llvm.org
Wed Aug 31 20:02:08 PDT 2016

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Currently the pass updates branch weights in the IR if the function has
any PGO info (entry frequency is set).  However we could still have
regions of the CFG that does not have branch weights collected (e.g. a
cold region).  In this case we'd use static estimates.  Since static
estimates for branches are determined independently, they are
inconsistent.  Updating them can "randomly" inflate block frequencies.

I've run into this in a completely cold loop of h264ref from
SPEC.  -Rpass-with-hotness showed the loop to be completely cold during
inlining (before JT) but completely hot during vectorization (after JT).

The new testcase demonstrate the problem.  We check array elements
against 1, 2 and 3 in a loop.  The check against 3 is the loop-exiting
check.  The block names should be self-explanatory.

In this example, jump threading incorrectly updates the weight of the
loop-exiting branch to 0, drastically inflating the frequency of the
loop (in the range of billions).

There is no run-time profile info for edges inside the loop, so branch
probabilities are estimated.  These are the resulting branch and block
frequencies for the loop body:

                check_1 (16)
            (8) /  |
            eq_1   | (8)
                \  |
                check_2 (16)
            (8) /  |
            eq_2   | (8)
                \  |
                check_3 (16)
            (1) /  |
       (loop exit) | (15)
              (back edge)

First we thread eq_1 -> check_2 to check_3.  Frequencies are updated to
remove the frequency of eq_1 from check_2 and then from the false edge
leaving check_2.  Changed frequencies are highlighted with * *:

                check_1 (16)
            (8) /  |
            eq_1   | (8)
           /       |
          /     check_2 (*8*)
         /  (8) /  |
         \  eq_2   | (*0*)
          \     \  |
           ` --- check_3 (16)
            (1) /  |
       (loop exit) | (15)
              (back edge)

Next we thread eq_1 -> check_3 and eq_2 -> check_3 to check_1 as new
back edges.  Frequencies are updated to remove the frequency of eq_1 and
eq_3 from check_3 and then the false edge leaving check_3 (changed
frequencies are highlighted with * *):

                  check_1 (16)
              (8) /  |
              eq_1   | (8)
             /       |
            /     check_2 (*8*)
           /  (8) /  |
          /-- eq_2   | (*0*)
  (back edge)        |
                  check_3 (*0*)
            (*0*) /  |
         (loop exit) | (*0*)
                (back edge)

As a result, the loop exit edge ends up with 0 frequency which in turn makes
the loop header to have maximum frequency.

There are a few potential problems here:

1. The profile data seems odd.  There is a single profile sample of the
loop being entered.  On the other hand, there are no weights inside the

2. Based on static estimation we shouldn't set edges to "extreme"
values, i.e. extremely likely or unlikely.

3. We shouldn't create profile metadata that is calculated from static
estimation.  I am not sure what policy is but it seems to make sense to
treat profile metadata as something that is known to originate from
profiling.  Estimated probabilities should only be reflected in BPI/BFI.

Any one of these would probably fix the immediate problem.  I went for 3
because I think it's a good policy to have and added a FIXME about 2.



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