[LLVMdev] Handling Masked Vector Operations

dag at cray.com dag at cray.com
Mon May 6 09:35:56 PDT 2013

Duncan Sands <baldrick at free.fr> writes:

> there seems to be a plan to get rid of the select instruction and just use
> branches and phi nodes instead.  Amongst other things this requires boosting
> the power of codegen so that branches+phi nodes can be turned into cmov or
> whatever when appropriate.

This is a very BAD idea.  Are you telling me that every predicated
instruction will need to be in its own basic block so it can be
represented with a phi?  Certainly this will be true for any
instructions that do not share masks.

PLEASE do not do this!  This would be a huge step backward in vector

>> It's easy enough to write a TableGen pattern to match add+select and
>> emit a masked instruction.  Alternative, we can always resort to manual
>> lowering (ugh).
>> For trapping operations this is problematic.  Take a load.  Here's the
>> same attempt with a load:
>> tt = load [addr]
>> t1 = select mask, tt, 0
> This would not be problematic at the IR level if it was done by branching to
> one of two basic blocks based on the condition, and doing the load in the
> appropriate basic block.  Codegen would however need to become powerful enough
> to turn this construct into your target's predicated load.

How will that ever happen?  isel has never known much about control flow
at all.

Please do NOT remove select until we have a solid replacement in place,
something that's tested and known to work.

I cannot object strongly enough.  I've bit my tongue at a few IR
changes, but not this one.

Who propsed this change?  Why has it not been discussed on the list?


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