[LLVMdev] if's to switch transformation?

Eric van Riet Paap eric at vanrietpaap.nl
Fri Dec 23 10:13:14 PST 2005

On Dec 23, 2005, at 5:18 PM, Chris Lattner wrote:

> On Fri, 23 Dec 2005, Eric van Riet Paap wrote:
>> I few days ago I had some code (for the PyPy project) that llc - 
>> march=c converted to a switch statement and gcc compiled that  
>> nicely to a jumptable in the .s file. Now I try to reproduce when  
>> directly going from a .ll to a .s file. But I now see a long list  
>> of compare and jumps instead of the jumptable. Is there a  
>> transformation that does this if->switch(ing) or is that in the  
>> part of llc that generates the c file?
> There is one of two things that are happening depending on what you  
> mean.
> 1. Make sure you're running gccas/gccld to optimize the program.   
> These
>    optimizations are what form the switch stmt.
> 2. If you're using the native backends, even if #1 is right, you  
> won't get
>    switch tables.  The current code generators lower the switches to
>    branches.  This is on the near term (within a couple months)  
> TODO list
>    to improve, but remains suboptimal for now.
> To get the optimization, the best approach is to use gccas/gccld  
> combined with the C backend.

This is what we used for the last couple of months. However, since  
the x86 backend is more actively being improved now I would prefer to  
not use the C backend anymore.

Thank for your swift reply.


> Sorry!
> -Chris
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