[LLVMdev] Floats as Doubles in Vectors
hfinkel at anl.gov
Sun Jan 27 20:41:09 PST 2013
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Nadav Rotem" <nrotem at apple.com>
> To: "Hal Finkel" <hfinkel at anl.gov>
> Cc: "LLVM Developers Mailing List" <llvmdev at cs.uiuc.edu>
> Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:37:47 PM
> Subject: Re: Floats as Doubles in Vectors
> >> I think that the best approach would be to improve the cost model
> >> because on blue gene <8 x float> ops would be more expensive than
> >> <4
> >> x float>.
> > I agree. The cost model needs to reflect this fact, I am wondering
> > only about things to be done on top of that. Why should the loop
> > vectorizer (or the BB vectorizer for that matter) spend time
> > considering vectorization factors that will never be profitable?
> I can think of scenarios where larger VFs would be profitable. For
> example, loops that only copy memory.
Alright, I think that I can see that.
> >>> 1. Do nothing and let the type legalization cost take care of
> >>> penalizing the formation of <8 x float> vectors. This may work,
> >>> but will cause an unnecessary compile-time increase.
> >> Not only that, it would produce suboptimal code in many cases. For
> >> example, the loop vectorizer unrolls the loops itself in order to
> >> increase ILP. We don't want the type legalize to add additional
> >> ILP.
> >> Additionally, if you have smaller types they may get legalized
> >> into
> >> a single register. For example <8 x i8> or <8 x i8>.
> >>> 2. Add some kind of API to TTI that allows the default logic (#
> >>> ==
> >>> vector-size/type-size) to be overridden. This could be something
> >>> specific to the problem at hand, such as: bool
> >>> areFloatsStoredAsDoublesInVectors(), or something more general.
> >>> Maybe something like: unsigned getSizeAsVectorElement(Type *T)
> >>> which would return the number of bytes that the specified type
> >>> actually takes up when used as a vector element.
> >> I prefer to fix the cost model. Do you see any problems with this
> >> approach ? I understand that it is more difficult to select the
> >> VF
> >> in the BB vectorizer, but I suspect that even if we add an
> >> additional api (such as getTargetMaxVF) we will run into problems
> >> with non-float data types.
> > There is no problem with fixing the cost model; but doing that will
> > not help the unnecessary compile time increase.
> > Thanks again,
> > Hal
> >> Thanks,
> >> Nadav
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