[llvm-dev] How to extend alias analysis to enable further optimisations?

Hal Finkel via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Tue May 10 14:13:45 PDT 2016

----- Original Message -----
> From: "Daniel Edin via llvm-dev" <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>
> To: llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
> Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 3:26:38 PM
> Subject: [llvm-dev] How to extend alias analysis to enable further	optimisations?
> Hello,
> We have developed a compiler analysis for multi-threaded codes that
> identifies functions which do not modify global variables.
> Furthermore, the analysis checks that accesses performe before the
> function call, do not target the same location as accesses performed
> after the call (hence, the variables accessed before and after the
> call do not alias).
> We want to integrate this analysis within the existing analyses, such
> that standard compiler optimisations can use this info. Do you
> suggest that we change the getModRefInfo() or there is a better way
> to expose the no-aliasing information to the optimisations?
> If getModRefInfo() is the way to go, can you please indicate how to
> start? Where can I find documentation about the way getModRefInfo()
> works and how it is used by the optimisation passes. Any suggestion
> on particular passes that use it can be a good start.

You can implement your own AA analysis pass which provides this information. Modeling your implementation after lib/Analysis/GlobalsModRef.cpp seems like a reasonable plan.


> Thank you!
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Hal Finkel
Assistant Computational Scientist
Leadership Computing Facility
Argonne National Laboratory

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