[llvm-branch-commits] [llvm-branch] r164495 - /llvm/branches/R600/docs/LangRef.html

Tom Stellard thomas.stellard at amd.com
Mon Sep 24 08:53:06 PDT 2012

Author: tstellar
Date: Mon Sep 24 10:51:28 2012
New Revision: 164495

URL: http://llvm.org/viewvc/llvm-project?rev=164495&view=rev
Document the new !tbaa.struct metadata.


Modified: llvm/branches/R600/docs/LangRef.html
URL: http://llvm.org/viewvc/llvm-project/llvm/branches/R600/docs/LangRef.html?rev=164495&r1=164494&r2=164495&view=diff
--- llvm/branches/R600/docs/LangRef.html (original)
+++ llvm/branches/R600/docs/LangRef.html Mon Sep 24 10:51:28 2012
@@ -103,6 +103,7 @@
       <li><a href="#metadata">Metadata Nodes and Metadata Strings</a>
           <li><a href="#tbaa">'<tt>tbaa</tt>' Metadata</a></li>
+          <li><a href="#tbaa.struct">'<tt>tbaa.struct</tt>' Metadata</a></li>
           <li><a href="#fpmath">'<tt>fpmath</tt>' Metadata</a></li>
           <li><a href="#range">'<tt>range</tt>' Metadata</a></li>
@@ -3052,6 +3053,44 @@
 <!-- _______________________________________________________________________ -->
+  <a name="tbaa.struct">'<tt>tbaa.struct</tt>' Metadata</a>
+<p>The <a href="#int_memcpy"><tt>llvm.memcpy</tt></a> is often used to implement
+aggregate assignment operations in C and similar languages, however it is
+defined to copy a contiguous region of memory, which is more than strictly
+necessary for aggregate types which contain holes due to padding. Also, it
+doesn't contain any TBAA information about the fields of the aggregate.</p>
+<p><tt>!tbaa.struct</tt> metadata can describe which memory subregions in a memcpy
+are padding and what the TBAA tags of the struct are.</p>
+<p>The current metadata format is very simple. <tt>!tbaa.struct</tt> metadata nodes
+   are a list of operands which are in conceptual groups of three. For each
+   group of three, the first operand gives the byte offset of a field in address
+   units, the second gives its size in address units, and the third gives its
+   tbaa tag. e.g.:</p>
+<div class="doc_code">
+!4 = metadata !{ i64 0, i64 4, metadata !1, i64 8, i64 4, metadata !2 }
+<p>This describes a struct with two fields. The first is at offset 0 address units
+   with size 4 address units, and has tbaa tag !1. The second is at offset 8 address
+   units and has size 4 address units and has tbaa tag !2.</p>
+<p>Note that the fields need not be contiguous. In this example, there is a
+   4 byte gap between the two fields. This gap represents padding which
+   does not carry useful data and need not be preserved.</p>
+<!-- _______________________________________________________________________ -->
   <a name="fpmath">'<tt>fpmath</tt>' Metadata</a>

More information about the llvm-branch-commits mailing list