[llvm-dev] PM: loop pass depending on the "outer" BPI analysis

Fedor Sergeev via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Fri Jan 26 12:56:46 PST 2018

On 01/26/2018 11:37 PM, Fedor Sergeev via llvm-dev wrote:
 > Recently I was looking into porting IRCE loop pass into the new pass 
manager and stumbled on a problem.
 > The problem is due to the existing hard dependency of IRCE on 
BranchProbability analysis.
 > If I understand it right, in a new pass manager there are only two 
ways for loop analysis to ask
 > for the result of an "outer" (function/module-level) analysis:
 >   - get it from a predefined LoopStandardAnalysisResults set
 >     BPI is not there, so it unsuitable for me right now
 >   - query a cached result via getCachedResult of an outer analysis 
manager proxy
 >     only works if somebody already scheduled the analysis
 > I followed the cached-result way and that essentially means that for 
every presence of 'irce' in a pipeline
 > I have to insert 'require<branch-prob>' before it. It does not look 
like a very efficient approach.
 > In particular, all the IRCE tests use some variance of "opt -irce 
test.ll" invocation, which does not
 > work with a direct translation to "opt -passes=irce test.ll".
 > It only works with explicit
 >   opt -passes='require<branch-prob>,irce' test.ll

And even that fails to work since LoopCanonicalizationFPM includes 
LoopSimplify, which can easily
invalidate BPI results.


 > Legacy pass manager version of IRCE does have an explicit dependency 
on BranchProbabilityInfoWrapperPass
 > and that automatically installs that analysis into the pipeline 
before irce.
 > How do I express that kind of dependency with new pass manager?
 > If I did not miss something obvious that already handles these kinds 
of dependencies
 > then what should be the best way to go?
 > - Add BPI to LoopStandardAnalysisResults?
 >   This makes it a required analysis for all loop passes...
 > - Make it optional in LoopStandardAnalysisResults (similar to MSSA)?
 >   Then how to express the dependency when required?
 > - enhance FunctionToLoopPassAdaptor to allow extra passes being added 
into smth like LoopCanonicalizationFPM?
 > Please, advise.
 > thanks,
 >   Fedor.
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