[llvm-dev] stale info in the assumption cache

Dmitriev, Serguei N via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Jan 17 09:19:25 PST 2019

Hi Hal,

On 1/16/19 6:59 PM, Dmitriev, Serguei N via llvm-dev wrote:
Hi all,

We have recently encountered a problem with AssumptionCache that it does not get updated when a block with llvm.assume calls gets outlined by the CodeExtractor. As a result we end up with stale references to the llvm.assume calls that were moved to the outlined function in the parent function's cache.

The problem can be reproduced on the attached file as follows (many thanks to Andy Kaylor for creating this reproducer)

$ opt -slp-vectorizer -hotcoldsplit -slp-vectorizer -S -o - extract.ll
opt: .../llvm/lib/Analysis/CodeMetrics.cpp:107: static void llvm::CodeMetrics::collectEphemeralValues(const llvm::Function*, llvm::AssumptionCache*, llvm::SmallPtrSetImpl<const llvm::Value*>&): Assertion `I->getParent()->getParent() == F && "Found assumption for the wrong function!"' failed.

The comments in the AssumptionCache seem to indicate that we should never get into this situation because AssumptionCache is supposed to be self-updating, but the case when a block with llvm.assume call is moved from one function to another is not correctly handled now. I wonder what the right way to fix this problem is.

I guess a straightforward solution would be just changing CodeExtractor to clear function's assumption cache right after extracting blocks from it, but that would require adding assumption analysis as a dependency to every pass that uses CodeExtractor.

I don't, on first impression, have a better idea.

Ok, I will probably implement this solution so far.

Or maybe there could be other solutions like for example somehow extending callback mechanism to handle updates of the basic block parent. Can you please suggest any ideas?

I don't think that our current ValueHandle callbacks will give us this functionality. We'd need a new callback?

I also think that existing callbacks cannot handle the case when block's parent is changed, so something new will be needed. AssumptionCache as I understand was designed to be self-updating, so maybe it would be nice to maintain this property.


Thanks again,




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