[LLVMdev] [PATCH] Emit rbit, clz on ARM for __builtin_ctz

Sandeep Patel deeppatel1987 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 12:04:24 PST 2010

On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 6:03 PM, Chris Lattner <clattner at apple.com> wrote:
> On Jan 14, 2010, at 10:13 PM, David Conrad wrote:
>> Hi,
>> On ARMv6T2 this turns cttz into rbit, clz instead of the 4
>> instruction sequence it is now.
>> I'm not sure if adding RBIT to ARMISD and doing this optimization in
>> the legalize pass is the best option, but the only better way I
>> could think of doing it was to add a bitreverse intrinsic to llvm
>> ir, which itself might not be the best option since bitreverse
>> probably isn't too common.
> I haven't looked at the patch in detail, but this approach makes sense
> to me.
>> Other targets that I know of that could potentially benefit from
>> this optimization being global (that have a clz and bitreverse
>> instruction but not ctz) are AVR32 and C64x, neither of which llvm
>> has backends for yet.
> When/if another target wants this, we could add a ISD::RBIT operation,
> it doesn't need to be added at the llvm ir level,

Bit reversal turns up in most FFT algorithms, so it wouldn't hurt to
be able to add an instcombine that recognizes it, etc.


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