[LLVMdev] AVX Shuffles & PatLeaf Help Needed

Nate Begeman nbegeman at apple.com
Thu Dec 17 21:48:37 PST 2009

On Dec 17, 2009, at 4:12 PM, David Greene wrote:

> On Thursday 17 December 2009 18:04, Anton Korobeynikov wrote:
>> Hello, David
>>> Can you expand on this with an example?  There seems to be an awful lot
>>> of shuffle patterns and predicates in PPCInstrAltivec.td.  What do you
>>> mean by, "Canonicalize to byte ops?"  Can you walk me through how that
>>> works with Altivec?
>> The basic idea is quite simple - lower everything to vNi8 and write
>> all the patterns using only these types.
> Yeah, I figured that out after thinking a bit more.  However, I think in this
> case we only want to lower to vNi32 since there are no immediate-mask shuffles
> in X86 that operate on smaller element types.  Doing it at the byte level 
> would just be more confusing, I think.
> PSHUFB is really a completely different instruction than PSHUFD, for example.

Aside from consuming one of its inputs, which is a regalloc problem, it isn't really different.  It's just a one-input immediate shuffle, where the immediate is not encoded in the instruction.  From the perspective of the shuffle instruction, all the x86 shuffles are just various byte shuffles.  Writing them all in one canonical form would substantially simplify the code, especially given layering AVX on top of the existing barely-understandable code would probably result in something almost unmaintainable. 


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