[llvm-dev] Move InlineCost.cpp out of Analysis?
Hal Finkel via llvm-dev
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Apr 18 15:57:28 PDT 2016
----- Original Message -----
> From: "Xinliang David Li" <davidxl at google.com>
> To: "Chandler Carruth" <chandlerc at gmail.com>
> Cc: "Hal Finkel" <hfinkel at anl.gov>, "via llvm-dev"
> <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>, "Mehdi Amini" <mehdi.amini at apple.com>
> Sent: Monday, April 18, 2016 5:45:21 PM
> Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] Move InlineCost.cpp out of Analysis?
> On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 3:00 PM, Chandler Carruth <
> chandlerc at gmail.com > wrote:
> > On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 2:48 PM Hal Finkel < hfinkel at anl.gov >
> > wrote:
> > > > From: "Xinliang David Li" < davidxl at google.com >
> > >
> > > > On Mon, Apr 18, 2016 at 2:33 PM, Mehdi Amini <
> > > > mehdi.amini at apple.com
> > > > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > > In the current case at stake: the issue is that we can't make
> > > > > the
> > > > > Analysis library using anything from the ProfileData library.
> > > > > Conceptually there is a problem IMO.
> > > >
> > >
> > > > Yes -- this is a very good point.
> > >
> > > Independent of anything else, +1.
> > The design of ProfileData and reading profile information in the
> > entire middle end had a really fundamental invariant that folks
> > seem
> > to have lost track of:
> Not sure about what you mean by 'lost track of'.
> > a) There is exactly *one* way to get at profile information from
> > general analyses and transforms: a dedicated analysis pass that
> > manages access to the profile info.
> This is not the case as of today. BPI is a dedicated analysis pass to
> manage branch probability profile information, but this pass is only
> used in limited situations (e.g, for BFI, profile update in
> jump-threading etc) -- using it it requires more memory as well as
> incremental update interfaces. Many transformation passes simply
> skip it and directly access the meta data in IR.
Really? Which ones? I see a number of passes that know about profiling metadata so they can preserve it, or transfer it across restructuring, but nothing that really interprets it on its own in a non-trivial way.
I'm not sure this is desirable regardless.
> > b) There is exactly *one* way for this analysis to compute this
> > information from an *external* profile source: profile metadata
> > attached to the IR.
> This is the case already -- all profile data are annotated to the IR
> via analysis pass (or in FE based instrumentation case, by FE during
> llvm code gen).
> > c) There could be many external profile sources, but all of them
> > should be read and then translated into metadata annotations on the
> > IR so that serialization / deserialization preserve them in a
> > common
> > format and we can reason about how they work.
> This should be the case already -- for instance sample and
> instrumentation based IR share the same annotation for branch
> probability, entry count and profile summary.
> > This layering is why it is only a transform that accesses
> > ProfileData
> > -- it is responsible for annotating the IR and nothing else. Then
> > the analysis uses these annotations and never reads the data
> > directly.
> > I think this is a really important separation of concerns as it
> > ensures that we don't get an explosion of different analyses
> > supporting various different subsets of profile sources.
> > Now, the original design only accounted for profile information
> > *within* a function body, clearly it needs to be extended to
> > support
> > intraprocedural information.
> Not sure what you mean. Profile data in general does not extend to
> IPA (we will reopen discussion on that soon), but profile summary is
> 'invariant'/readonly data, which should be available to IPA already.
IPA-level profiling data might be invariant, but inside the function it certainly need to change because the code inside functions is changed (branches are eliminated, transformed into selects, etc.)
> > But I would still expect that to follow a similar layering where we
> > first read the data into IR annotations, then have an analysis pass
> > (this time a module analysis pass in all likelihood) that brokers
> > access to these annotations through an API that can do intelligent
> > things like synthesizing it from the "cold" attribute or whatever
> > when missing.
> > -Chandler
Assistant Computational Scientist
Leadership Computing Facility
Argonne National Laboratory
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