[llvm-dev] Lowering For Loops to use architecture "loop" instruction
Tim Northover via llvm-dev
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jun 2 09:37:03 PDT 2016
On 2 June 2016 at 09:26, Dilan Manatunga <manatunga at gmail.com> wrote:
> I guess my area of confusion is how do I know that the br_cc instruction is
> for a loop and not just an if statement. I am still getting familiar with
> the backend process, so sorry for any dumb questions.
Do you need to know that? Does the CPU handle non-loop uses of this
instruction poorly, for example? Otherwise, it seems like as long as
the semantics match up you're good to go.
If you *do* need to know, I think I'd probably go for a
MachineFunction pass later on that can use MachineLoopInfo to decide
when to combine the instructions. I don't think ISelDAGs have access
to loop information (at least I've never seen it used).
The annoyance with that approach is that dealing with MachineInstrs is
messy. But it's certainly viable.
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