[llvm-dev] Performance of large llvm::ConstantDataArrays

Chris Lattner via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Mon Sep 11 20:24:04 PDT 2017

On Sep 10, 2017, at 1:34 AM, Sean Silva <chisophugis at gmail.com> wrote:
> IMO, there is a relatively easy solution for this.  Introduce a new subclass of ConstantData which represents a blob of data that gets emitted to the .o file, stored in a reasonable native format.  I think it would be fine to limit this to only representing arrays of primitive types (e.g. array of float, array of bytes, etc) since this keeps the API to the type simple (the type models an array, so it should have array element members only), and things that want to get the elements of the array out can have them returned as ConstantInt’s (or whatever).  I’d name this something like “ConstantArrayBlob”.
> What's the relationship between ConstantDataArray and ConstantArray?

Ah, it looks like ConstantDataArray is exactly what I was advocating for.  Does Clang generate it from an array of doubles?  Maybe that is all that is missing.

> densely packed data, instead of as Value*'s." so I assumed that it was a dense representation and it seemed reasonable that an i8 typed one of them would basically operate as a "ConstantArrayBlob". (but I guess if MC still creates one fragment per element that will still be a memory hog regardless of the IR's representation)

Yeah, MC should totally be fixed.  That’s crazy!


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