[llvm-bugs] [Bug 42989] New: amdgpu_flat_work_group_size is not a hint

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Tue Aug 13 13:43:12 PDT 2019


            Bug ID: 42989
           Summary: amdgpu_flat_work_group_size is not a hint
           Product: clang
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: All
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P
         Component: Documentation
          Assignee: unassignedclangbugs at nondot.org
          Reporter: ekuznetsov at live.com
                CC: llvm-bugs at lists.llvm.org, richard-llvm at metafoo.co.uk

The documentation
specifies that

"Clang supports the __attribute__((amdgpu_flat_work_group_size(<min>, <max>)))
attribute for the AMDGPU target. This attribute may be attached to a kernel
function definition and is an optimization hint."

An attribute is an optimization hint if its presence or absence does not change
the correctness of the program. Is this case, that's not true. When the
attribute is absent, the compiler assumes the default maximum workgroup size of
256. This was, I believe, correct several years ago. But nowadays the workgroup
size can legally go to 1024. In some situations, running a kernel without the
attribute at 1024 results in baffling and hard-to-track bugs (the compiler uses
group memory to offload some local variables, but does not allocate enough of
it for it to actually work).

Either the default maximum must be raised to 1024, or the documentation must be
amended to say that the attribute is mandatory in some situations.

See also https://github.com/ROCm-Developer-Tools/HIP/issues/1310 .

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