[LLVMdev] Use of flags in selection dags

Evan Cheng evan.cheng at apple.com
Mon Mar 24 16:45:34 PDT 2008

On Mar 20, 2008, at 9:39 AM, Bagel wrote:

> Duncan Sands wrote:
>>> Can someone tell me, or point me to documentation, that explains  
>>> the use
>>> of "flags" in the selection DAG?    I figured out that, if one is
>>> present, it must be the last operand.  But when are "flags" used  
>>> and why?
>> Please give details of the context, such as the kind of node you  
>> are looking at.
>> Thanks,
>> Duncan.
> I'm looking at this in general as one would when writing patterns  
> for a
> new machine. It appears that flags are used in patterns that use or  
> set
> condition codes. Is this because the condition code register is not
> modelled or is it more that the dags can't handle two outputs. I just
> want to know what the rules are on when and how to use "flags".

X86 does model condition register as a "physical register output". But  
other targets model them as flags. The later restrict scheduling  
freedom. But if you don't care that much about it, it's easier to get  

Flags are also used in other cases when you want to ensure the  
instructions translated from the two selectiondag nodes are scheduled  
at the same time.


> Thanks,
> Bagel
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