[llvm-dev] FENV_ACCESS and floating point LibFunc calls

Kaylor, Andrew via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed May 10 16:17:19 PDT 2017

Hi all,

I've been working on adding the necessary support to LLVM for clang to be able to support the STDC FENV_ACCESS pragma, which basically allows users to modify rounding mode at runtime and depend on the value of floating-point status flags or to unmask floating point exceptions without unexpected side effects.  I've committed an initial patch (r293226) that adds constrained intrinsics for the basic FP operations, and I have a patch up for review now (https://reviews.llvm.org/D32319) that adds constrained versions of a number of libm-like FP intrinsics.

Current problem
Now I'm trying to make sure I have a good solution for the way in which the optimizer handles recognized calls to libm functions (sqrt, pow, cos, sin, etc.).  Basically, I need to prevent all passes from making any modifications to these calls that would make assumptions about rounding mode or improperly affect the FP status flags (either suppressing flags that should be present or setting flags that should not be set).  For instance, there are circumstances in which the optimizer will constant fold a call to one of these functions if the value of the arguments are known at compile time, but this constant folding generally assumes the default rounding mode and if the library call would have set a status flag, I need the flag to be set.

My question is, can/should I just rely on the front end setting the "nobuiltin" attribute for the call site in any location where the FP behavior needs to be restricted?

Ideally, I would like to be able to conditionally enable optimizations like constant folding if I am able to prove that the rounding mode, though dynamic, is known for the callsite at compile time (the constrained intrinsics have a mechanism to enable this), but at the moment I am more concerned about correctness and would be willing to sacrifice optimizations to get correct behavior.  Long term, I was thinking that maybe I could do something like attach metadata to indicate rounding mode and exception behavior when they were known.

Is there a better way to do this?


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