[llvm-dev] [Openmp-dev] [cfe-dev] RFC: Proposing an LLVM subproject for parallelism runtime and support libraries
Hal Finkel via llvm-dev
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Jun 1 05:52:45 PDT 2016
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> To: "Hal Finkel" <hfinkel at anl.gov>
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> Subject: Re: [Openmp-dev] [llvm-dev] [cfe-dev] RFC: Proposing an LLVM subproject for parallelism runtime and support
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2016 at 7:22 PM, Hal Finkel <hfinkel at anl.gov> wrote:
> > ________________________________
> > From: "C Bergström" <cbergstrom at pathscale.com>
> > To: "Hal Finkel" <hfinkel at anl.gov>
> > Cc: "llvm-dev" <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>, "cfe-dev"
> > <cfe-dev at lists.llvm.org>, "openmp-dev" <openmp-dev at lists.llvm.org>,
> > "Chandler Carruth" <chandlerc at gmail.com>, "Carlo Bertolli"
> > <cbertol at us.ibm.com>, "Andrey Bokhanko" <andreybokhanko at gmail.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 12:19:19 AM
> > Subject: Re: [Openmp-dev] [llvm-dev] [cfe-dev] RFC: Proposing an
> > LLVM
> > subproject for parallelism runtime and support libraries
> > The thread has lost focus and cherry picking replies..
> > To restate things since maybe you missed my points
> > ----
> > 1) SE is a programming model and needs a home of it's own. Having a
> > programming model with it's headers and all other stuff glued into
> > a runtime
> > project which intends to be universal and PM agnostic doesn't make
> > sense.
> > They'd start in separate subdirectories.
> > 1.1) The more I look, the most it seems SE is just a step-child
> > project and
> > stuffing it in llvm while still not having any users or strong
> > backing
> > doesn't make sense. We have enough PM already and my gut feeling is
> > this
> > isn't going in a direction to bring in other stakeholders.
> Point by point because I don't agree with what you write below
> > I think this is the core of my reply. OpenMP has a strong user
> > community,
> I'd agree here
> > but OpenMP 4 offloading is still young.
> > OpenMP 4 offloading does not yet
> > have a real user community
> > yet because the first implementations just
> > started shipping very recently.
> Partially strongly disagree - Maybe you meant on Power8?
> Intel has had their support for OMP4 for quite some time. It may have
> been buggy and focused on simd directive, but as best I can tell they
> have worked quite hard to fix bugs and improve it.
I meant across many platforms. Intel had preliminary support for OpenMP 4 offloading directives even before OpenMP 4 was standardized (in 2013). This did not include all of what ended up in the standard, and the offloading part of the standard needed to be fixed in a breaking way for OpenMP 4.1/4.5 regardless, so this is certainly the exception rather than the rule.
> (Shameless self promotion) We have had some degree of OMP4 offloading
> for like 1.5 years now.. It's mostly targeting the GPU and x86, but
> also more recently working on Power8/AArch64.
> I'm quite certain these companies all have varying degrees of OMP4
> done: Cray, IBM, PGI
Yes, many are working on implementations, and some have shipped. There's a list here: http://openmp.org/wp/openmp-compilers/ - no one here really lists any OpenMP 4 offloading implementations before 2015. PGI does not currently list OpenMP 4 at all (although they've certainly done a lot of work on OpenACC).
> > Furthermore, our implementation is certainly
> > quite new, and OpenMP 4 offloading is really quite akin to SE in
> > that
> > regard.
> Strongly disagree - Intel has been working with the LLVM community on
> the parsing/sema and other parts of OMP4 for like a year or more..
> This has been a long and well vetted process backed back a well
> defined standard.
Yes, both Intel and IBM have contributed significantly to Clang in this regard.
> Compared to SE which is just some thing that popped
> up out of nowhere and
It popped up in TensorFlow, which itself popped up out of nowhere, but is already a popular open-source project for machine learning.
> has a couple people from Google throwing their
> weight around.
Google is a trusted member of the LLVM community and a major contributor. So I agree with you in the following sense: When Google promises to update the code to follow LLVM's coding conventions and to manage its future development in accordance with our community norms, I believe them. I think they've earned a place in the "trust but verify" category in this regard, and I think this is a positive thing.
> > I view them both as experimental projects, and both have strong
> > backing with significant investment, so I expect both to mature
> > over time.
> I'd agree both are experimental and probably need some work. I'd
> strongly disagree the amount of investment of both projects is equal.
> Again - OMP4 may have zero real world users, but there's a lot of
> stubborn people trying to make it work. Compared to SE which the
> people involved have yet to even answer basic things - like what's
> future of SE and how to contribute to it.
They might not know what the future is. They have code that is useful to them, and they feel would be useful to others. There's strong potential for compiler integration in the future, but it is just a library now. They've talked about extending it to cover different backends (OpenCL, etc.), and investigating host-based-task dependencies, etc. My impression is that, in general, they'd like the code's users, present and future, to shape its future. All of this seems perfectly healthy. If it becomes part of LLVM, how to contribute to it will become clear.
> > Our non-subtle strategic goal as a community should be to encourage
> > the
> > various teams to take advantage of each others expertise in the
> > most
> > practical way.
> I think we need to pushback against more programming models, but I
> agree we should encourage lots of great patches around things like
> pass manager.
> IMHO it's more productive to spend time trying to improve the
> programming models and standards we have than experimental fun ideas.
Perhaps this is our fundamental disagreement. I still view experimentation in the accelerator offloading space as appropriate and healthy, even though some standards have emerged.
> Can you point me at something concrete which SE would allow you to do
> which an existing model can't?
OpenMP has problems integrating cleanly with C++ abstractions, and having been involved in some of the discussions on the OpenMP side of things, the path forward here is yet unclear. DOE itself is developing several C++ parallelism abstractions which support offloading (Kokkos, RAJA, etc.), which can backend on OpenMP 4, but can be (and some have been) retargeted to other programming models as well.
I still don't think we've figured out the right answer here.
> I'll shutup and apologize if real side by side comparisons for the
> beauty of SE come out.
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