[llvm-dev] [RFC] Matrix support (take 2)

Simon Moll via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Dec 19 15:08:34 PST 2018


On 12/19/18 11:21 PM, David Greene via llvm-dev wrote:
> Adam Nemet via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> writes:
>>      I spent some time chatting with Adam about this and have a better
>>      understanding of his concerns here. It seems to me that if having
>>      masking intrinsics is the long-term solution we want, we should do
>>      that now (for add and sub) rather than building arbitrary matrix
>>      layout info into intrinsics, since a mask has all the information
>>      that we actually need.
>> I think that sounds like a reasonable compromise. We already have
>> masked load/store intrinsics so adding add and sub just follows that
>> precedent. If the decision is made to move masking to the core
>> operations, the new intrinsics would just move as well.
> How will existing passes be taught about the new intrinsics?  For
> example, what would have to be done to instcombine to teach it about
> these intrinsics?  Let's suppose every existing operation had an
> equivalent masked intrinsic.  Would it be easier to teach all of the
> passes about them or would it be easier to teach the passes about a mask
> operand on the existing Instructions?  Would it be easier to teach isel
> about all the intrinsics or would it be easier to teach isel about a
> mask operand?

Consider that over night we introduce optional mask parameters to vector 
instructions. Then, since you can not safely ignore the mask, every 
transformation and analysis that is somehow concerned with vector 
instructions is potentially broken and needs to be fixed.

If you go with masking intrinsics, and set the attributes right, it is 
clear that transformations won't break your code and you will need to 
teach InstCombine, DAGCombiner, etc that a `masked.fadd` is just an 
`fadd` with a mask. However, this gives you the opportunity to 
"re-enable" one optimization add a time each time making sure that the 
mask is handled correctly. In case of InstCombine, the vector 
instruction patterns transfer to mask intrinsics: if all mask intrinsics 
in the pattern have the same mask parameter you can apply the 
transformation, the resulting mask intrinsics will again take the same 
mask parameter.

Also, this need not be a hard transition from vector instructions to 
masking intrinsics.. you can add new types of masking intrinsics in 
batches along with the required transformations. Masking intrinsics and 
vector instruction can live side by side (as they do today, anyway).

> I honestly don't know the answers to these questions.  But I think they
> are important to consider, especially if intrinsics are seen as a bridge
> to first-class IR support for masking.

I think its sensible to use masking intrinsics (or EVL 
https://reviews.llvm.org/D53613) on IR level and masked SD nodes in the 
backend. However, i agree that intrinsics should just be a bridge to 
native support mid term.

- Simon

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