[LLVMdev] Re: LLVMdev Digest, Vol 16, Issue 14
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Wed May 10 11:14:20 PDT 2006
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> Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 15:20:29 -0500
> From: "Robert L. Bocchino Jr." <bocchino at uiuc.edu>
> Subject: [LLVMdev] Vector LLVM checked in!
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> As advertised to some, I've checked in a BETA VERSION of my vector
> extensions to LLVM. It is checked in as a CVS branch off of the main
> line. You can get the branch by doing a normal llvm checkout and
> adding the argument -r vector_llvm. E.g., to check out from anonymous
> CVS, you would do this:
> • cvs -d :pserver:anon at llvm-cvs.cs.uiuc.edu:/var/cvs/llvm login
> • Hit the return key when prompted for the password.
> • cvs -z3 -d :pserver:anon at llvm-cvs.cs.uiuc.edu:/var/cvs/llvm co -r
> vector_llvm llvm
> This will produce a fresh tree with the Vector LLVM stuff in it.
> Vector LLVM consists of three main components:
> 1. Extensions to the VM core to support both fixed and variable
> vectors, and operations on them (the fixed vectors subsume the 'Packed
> Type' from regular LLVM).
> 2. A C API and supporting LLVM transformation for writing Vector LLVM
> at the C level using special functions that can be integrated with
> "normal" scalar code, compiled through llvm-gcc, and turned into Vector
> 3. Very rudimentary backend support for turning fixed vectors into
> AltiVec and/or SSE via the C backend and the gcc SIMD intrinsics for C.
> I've also written a backend for the Motorola RSVP coprocessor
> architecture that uses variable length vectors, but I can't check this
> in because it's proprietary.
> #1 above is documented in llvm/src/docs/LangRef.html. I'm working on
> documentation for #2 and #3.
> Feel free to check it out Vector LLVM and play with it.
> Comments/suggestions are welcome.
> Robert L. Bocchino Jr.
> Ph.D. Student, Computer Science
> University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Bob, do you have an example to show how to specify vectors and their
operations in C?
I.e., is the documentation of the item #2 ready?
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