[llvm-dev] [RFC] Increase the scope of Value::getPointerXXX methods

Doerfert, Johannes via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Aug 22 23:18:11 PDT 2019

On 08/23, Finkel, Hal J. wrote:
> On 8/22/19 12:32 PM, Doerfert, Johannes via llvm-dev wrote:
>     Right now, we have Value::getPointerDereferenceableBytes() and
>     Value::getPointerAlignment() that allow to query these properties for a
>     value. However, neither does any "reasoning" that would require looking
>     at other values, e.g., they do pure local lookups. To do actual
>     reasoning we have the "isDereferenceableAndAlignedPointer()"-family of
>     functions in Loads.h. Additionally, various places duplicate parts of
>     the necessary logic to deal with alignment and dereferenceability
>     because the result of the "isDereferenceableAndAlignedPointer" is often
>     not sufficient, e.g., we want the number and not test a specific number.
>     Now I see two ways that would improve the situation here, I mean to
>     actually allow outside user to get dereferenceable bytes and alignment
>     information without copying the logic, we could:
>       (1) Make the Value methods "smarter", or
>       (2) expose more information through helper functions, e.g., a "smart"
>           getDereferenceableBytes and getAlignment that live outside of the
>           Value class.
> We seem to have developed a trend toward putting more of these kinds of
> stateless analysis functions into the core IR library instead of having them in
> Analysis. I'm not sure that this is desirable. My inclination is to say that we
> should have the functions in the Analysis library - and then make them as smart
> as we'd like without worrying about potential layering restrictions.
>  -Hal

https://reviews.llvm.org/D66618  shows how a solution with a single
function (per property) in the analysis library could look like. It is
not 100% clean and I can first move the code before I add the GEP
functionality but the general idea should become clear. The impact on
the test, assuming I didn't overlook an error, seems also be to
consistently positive (with the execption of the one loop fusion test).

>     Option (1):
>     Benefit:
>      - Less confusion which methods to use, especially if we add helper
>        function to "compute" the information, e.g., getDereferenceableBytes
>        outside of Value. We would have one set to expose raw information,
>        the Value::getXXXX methods, and one set to have them put in context,
>        the isYYYY helpers.
>     Drawback:
>      - The Value::getXXX methods are not pure lookups for that particular
>        value anymore but they also include logic.
>     Option (2):
>     Benefits and drawbacks are basically the opposite of Option (1).
>     I want to clear this because I have a patch to improve the GEP handling
>     wrt. dereferenceable bytes and alignment. I need improvement in parts
>     because isDereferenceableAndAlignedPointer is "smart" when it comes to
>     dereferenceability of GEPs but not when it is about alignment. Also, the
>     handling we have is not optimal and probably replicated a few times.
>     One last caveat: I'd also like to reuse whatever we come up with in the
>     Attributor framework to not duplicate the logic there. That means I want
>     a way to add "optimistic/assumed" information into a lookup. I guess the
>     cleanest is an optional lookup function that can be provided. We can add
>     it to both Option (1) and (2) but I wanted to mention this already.
>     Cheers,
>       Johannes
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> Hal Finkel
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Johannes Doerfert

Argonne National Laboratory
Lemont, IL 60439, USA

jdoerfert at anl.gov
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