[llvm-dev] Questions on LLVM vectorization diagnostics
Saito, Hideki via llvm-dev
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Fri Jun 24 00:45:50 PDT 2016
Hi Dangeti, Ramakrishna, Adam, and Gerolf,
>Yes this is an area that needs further improvement. We have some immediate plans to make these more useful. See the recent llvm-dev threads , .
It takes a lot of dedicated effort to make vectorization report easier to understand by ordinary programmers
(i.e., those who are not compiler writers). Having done that for ICC ourselves, we truly believe it was a good
investment of resource. There are areas where both expert and non-expert of vectorizer development
can equally contribute. That includes getting the source code location right and variable names (and memory
references) printed at the source level representation. If anyone has data on how good LLVM is on these
areas, we'd appreciate a pointer to such information. Otherwise, we'll study that when our development
effort hit that area, report back, and contribute for improvement.
>> In our analysis we never seen llvm trying to vectorize outer loops. Is this well known? Is outer loop vectorization implemented in LLVM
>>as in GCC? (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1454119 <http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1454119>) If not, is someone working on it?
>I heard various people mention this but I am not sure whether actual work is already taking place.
We are currently working on introducing a next generation vectorizer design to LLVM, aiming to support OpenMP4.5 SIMD
(i.e., including outer loop vectorization). I hope to be able to send in an RFC on the high level design document to LLVM-DEV
next month. We are currently working on an RFC for "vectorizer's output" (IR, not diagnostic), to be discussed before the next
gen design. As part of this next gen work, we'll also be working on improving diagnostics. Stay tuned.
>actual work is already taking place.
Yes, our hands are dirty with actual coding work to ensure that the high level design makes sense. :)
Hideki Saito (hideki dot saito at intel dot com)
Technical Lead of Vectorizer Development
Intel Compiler and Languages
Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:45:28 -0700
From: Adam Nemet via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>
To: Dangeti Tharun kumar <cs15mtech11002 at iith.ac.in>
Cc: llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org, Santanu Das <cs15mtech11018 at iith.ac.in>
Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] Questions on LLVM vectorization diagnostics
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> On Jun 23, 2016, at 8:20 AM, Dangeti Tharun kumar via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> Dear LLVM Community,
> I am D Tharun Kumar, masters student at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, working in a team to improve current vectorizer in LLVM. As an initial study, we are studying various benchmarks to analyze and compare vectorizing capabilities of LLVM, GCC and ICC. We found that vectorization remarks given by LLVM are vague and brief, comparatively GCC and ICC are giving detailed diagnostics.
Yes this is an area that needs further improvement. We have some immediate plans to make these more useful. See the recent llvm-dev threads , .
> I am interested to know why the LLVM diagnostics are brief and not intuitive (making them less helpful)?
I think it’s just lack of work or weakness in the analyses to provide more detailed information. It would be good to file bugs for specific cases where we fall behind.
> In our analysis we never seen llvm trying to vectorize outer loops. Is this well known? Is outer loop vectorization implemented in LLVM as in GCC? (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1454119 <http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1454119>) If not, is someone working on it?
I heard various people mention this but I am not sure whether actual work is already taking place.
> On the TSVC benchmark suite, out of a total of 151 loops, LLVM, GCC and ICC vectorized 70, 82 and 112 loops respectively. Is the cause for lag of LLVM the inability of LLVM’s vectorizer, or are there any (enabling) optimization passes running before GCC’s vectorizer that are helping GCC perform better?
I don’t know about the GCC but I’ve seen ICC perform loop transformation more aggressively that can increase the coverage for loop vectorization. ICC performs Loop Distribution/Fusion/Interchange, etc by default at their highest optimization level. We have some of these passes (distribution, interchange) but not on by default yet.
Arguably, there is also some difference between focus areas for these compilers. I think that ICC has a more HPC focus than LLVM or GCC. We have Polly which is geared toward more the HPC use cases.
> Loop peeling to enhance vectorization is present in GCC and ICC, but, the LLVM remarks don’t say anything about alignment. Does LLVM has this functionality and the vectorizer doesn’t remark about it, or it doesn’t it have the functionality at all?
We don’t have it.
> Finally, we appreciate suggestions and directions for improving the vectorization framework of LLVM.
This is a pretty active area. Probably reading up on recent llvm-dev discussion in this area would be helpful to you.
> I would also like to know if anyone worked or is working on improving vectorization remarks.
Yes we are. If you’re interested working on this area it would be good to coordinate.
> Dangeti Tharun kumar
> M.TECH Computer Science
> IIT Hyderabad
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