[llvm-dev] [RFC] [TargetTransformInfo] Introduce hook to tell middle-end to not worry about register pressure

Hongbin Zheng via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Jan 17 11:28:29 PST 2018

Hi all,

Currently in the llvm middle-end, we disable some optimizations because we
worry about the register pressure, (e.g. GVNHoist and ArgumentPromotion).

However, in the architecture that are register-rich, e.g. FPGAs, we do not
need to worry about the register pressure at all. For these architecures,
we may want to optimization the LLVM IR without worrying about the register

I suggest that we introduce a hook in the TargetTransformInfo to tell if
the current target architecture is register-rich or not. With this hook, we
can enable the optimizations that increase register pressure in case the
current architecture is register-rich.

One problem for introducing this hook: we are not able to test it (in the
public buildbot) without an register-rich target architecture in LLVM
trunk, and unfortunately, we do not have one today.

To address this problem, I propose to add a command line option to enable
the register-rich mode such that we can test the corresponding code path as

I put a patch here: https://reviews.llvm.org/D42191

Feel free to add yourselves as reviewer/subscriber if you are interested.

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