[LLVMdev] Adding multiples-of-8 integer types to MVT

Ken Dyck Ken.Dyck at onsemi.com
Thu Dec 3 04:16:34 PST 2009

On Wednesday, December 02, 2009 3:45 PM, Micah Villmow wrote:
> On Wednesday, December 02, 2009 12:33 PM, Ken Dyck wrote:
> > The main drawback of adding the new types is the extra 
> > burden it would 
> > put on back ends that don't use them, since they would need to add 
> > special lowering code for all the types they don't use. On 
> > the other 
> > hand, it opens the possibility of targeting architectures that LLVM 
> > previously couldn't.
> Instead of putting the burden on the back-ends to implement 
> special lowering code, why not implement code in the 
> legalizer that would automatically sign extend them to the 
> next largest power of 2 integer if the specific integer types 
> were not supported. This would then remove the need of the 
> back-ends to implement anything as LLVM would just generate 
> extend the values to i32/i64 silently.

I agree. It would be ideal to limit the changes to the legalizer. I've
been working on this in a private branch for a little while and so far I
haven't figured out a way to make it work. I'm fairly new to LLVM,
though, so there's a good chance my failure is due to a personal lack of
understanding rather than some fundamental technical issue. I'll keep
working on it.  


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