[llvm-dev] Load combine pass
Artur Pilipenko via llvm-dev
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Sep 28 09:32:58 PDT 2016
One of the arguments for doing this earlier is inline cost perception of the original pattern. Reading i32/i64 by bytes look much more expensive than it is and can prevent inlining of interesting function.
Inhibiting other optimizations concern can be addressed by careful selection of the pattern we’d like to match. I limit the transformation to the case when all the individual have no uses other than forming a wider load. In this case it’s less likely to loose information during this transformation.
I didn’t think of atomicity aspect though.
> On 28 Sep 2016, at 18:50, Philip Reames <listmail at philipreames.com> wrote:
> There's a bit of additional context worth adding here...
> Up until very recently, we had a form of widening implemented in GVN. We decided to remove this in https://reviews.llvm.org/D24096 precisely because its placement in the pass pipeline was inhibiting other optimizations. There's also a major problem with doing widening at the IR level which is that widening a pair of atomic loads into a single wider atomic load can not be undone. This creates a major pass ordering problem of its own.
> At this point, my general view is that widening transformations of any kind should be done very late. Ideally, this is something the backend would do, but doing it as a CGP like fixup pass over the IR is also reasonable.
> With that in mind, I feel both the current placement of LoadCombine (within the inliner iteration) and the proposed InstCombine rule are undesirable.
> On 09/28/2016 08:22 AM, Artur Pilipenko wrote:
>> I'm trying to optimize a pattern like this into a single i16 load:
>> %1 = bitcast i16* %pData to i8*
>> %2 = load i8, i8* %1, align 1
>> %3 = zext i8 %2 to i16
>> %4 = shl nuw i16 %3, 8
>> %5 = getelementptr inbounds i8, i8* %1, i16 1
>> %6 = load i8, i8* %5, align 1
>> %7 = zext i8 %6 to i16
>> %8 = shl nuw nsw i16 %7, 0
>> %9 = or i16 %8, %4
>> I came across load combine pass which is motivated by virtualliy the same pattern. Load combine optimizes the pattern by combining adjacent loads into one load and lets the rest of the optimizer cleanup the rest. From what I see on the initial review for load combine (https://reviews.llvm.org/D3580) it was not enabled by default because it caused some performance regressions. It's not very surprising, I see how this type of widening can obscure some facts for the rest of the optimizer.
>> I can't find any backstory for this pass, why was it chosen to optimize the pattern in question in this way? What is the current status of this pass?
>> I have an alternative implementation for it locally. I implemented an instcombine rule similar to recognise bswap/bitreverse idiom. It relies on collectBitParts (Local.cpp) to determine the origin of the bits in a given or value. If all the bits are happen to be loaded from adjacent locations it replaces the or with a single load or a load plus bswap.
>> If the alternative approach sounds reasonable I'll post my patches for review.
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