[llvm-bugs] [Bug 40518] New: Expose option for maximum vector width

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            Bug ID: 40518
           Summary: Expose option for maximum vector width
           Product: clang
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: enhancement
          Priority: P
         Component: Driver
          Assignee: unassignedclangbugs at nondot.org
          Reporter: ckennelly at google.com
                CC: atdt at google.com, echristo at gmail.com,
                    llvm-bugs at lists.llvm.org, neeilans at live.com,
                    richard-llvm at metafoo.co.uk

With the addition of the -mprefer-vector-width option, there may be hot
functions where we want to use as wide of vector instructions as are available
from the target ISA.

While it is possible to solve this problem using intrinsics or a chain of
macros (#ifdef __SOME_INSTRUCTION_SET__ ... #elif __OTHER_SET__ ...), this
requires modifying the code to as targets change.  We would like to be able to
apply a function attribute requesting "max" width vectors to avoid these


__attribute__((__min_vector_width__(256))) void DoStuff(int* buf, int n) {
  // ...

When rebuilding this code for a platform with 512-bit vectors available, we
might prefer narrower vectors (for the reasons originally mentioned on
http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2017-November/119078.html) in general,
but want to leverage our ISA for this particular function (based on profiling)
to request:

__attribute__((__min_vector_width__(max))) void DoStuff(int* buf, int n) {
  // ...

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