[LLVMdev] The source & result operands of an instruction
sabre at nondot.org
Thu Dec 30 11:09:01 PST 2004
On Thu, 30 Dec 2004, zhou feng wrote:
> hi, all
> I'm reading LLVM code, but there is one thing bothering me a lot: How
> are the source & result operands of an instruction organised? Is the
> operand(0) the result operand and others are the source operand? thanks
The "operands" of an instruction are the values that it uses. The result
is always implicitly the instruction itself. For example, consider this
%X = add int %Y, %Z
This instruction will have two operands, one for Y and one for Z. The %X
value is actually the *add instruction itself*. Because LLVM uses SSA
form, each value can only be defined by a single instruction.
Additionally, each instruction defines at most one value.
You might find some of the information in the programmer's manual useful,
such as this section:
If you haven't looked at it, the Programmer's Manual has lots of useful
gems in it.
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