[llvm-dev] [RFC] Vector Predication
Jacob Lifshay via llvm-dev
llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Feb 7 16:46:56 PST 2019
On Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 16:11 Bruce Hoult <brucehoult at sifive.com> wrote:
> I agree with this.
Which part(s)? Just the part suggested by Simon or the whole recursive
vector types suggestion?
> RISC-V V extension requires the variable-length vector elements for
> MVL and AVL and predication to be 8 bits or larger (power of two), but
> can do SIMD operations on subdiviisions down to 1 bit.
> On Thu, Feb 7, 2019 at 4:06 PM Jacob Lifshay via llvm-dev
> <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org> wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 09:21 Simon Moll <moll at cs.uni-saarland.de> wrote:
> >> On 2/7/19 6:08 PM, David Greene wrote:
> >> > Jacob Lifshay <programmerjake at gmail.com> writes:
> >> >
> >> >> So it would be handy for the vector length on evl intrinsics to be in
> >> >> units of the mask length so we don't have to pattern match a division
> >> >> in the backend. We could have 2 variants of the vector length
> >> >> argument, one in terms of the data vector and one in terms of the
> >> >> vector. we could legalize the mask vector variant for those
> >> >> architectures that need it by pulling the multiplication out and
> >> >> switching to the data vector variants.
> >> > Would it make sense to have two different intrinsics?
> >> >
> >> > # "Normal" form, L is in terms of flat vector length.
> >> > <scalable 2 x float> evl.fsub(<scalable 2 x float> %x,
> >> > <scalable 2 x float> %y,
> >> > <scalable 2 x i1> %M, i32 %L)
> >> >
> >> > # "Sub-vector" form, L is in terms of sub-vectors elements.
> >> > <scalable 1 x <2 x float>> evl.fsub(<scalable 1 x <2 x float>> %x,
> >> > <scalable 1 x <2 x float>> %y,
> >> > <scalable 1 x <2 x i1>> %M, i32
> >> >
> >> > Overloading types to mean two very different things is confusing to
> >> >
> >> > -David
> >> Allowing vector types as vector elements would solve the vlen
> >> interpretation issue in an elegant way.
> > This seems like the best solution, though maybe out of scope of the
> current evl proposal. This would also create a decent IR representation of
> a matrix or other 2D vector: matMxN would be <N x <M x float>>.
> > While we're adding this, it may be a good idea to go all in and just
> lift the restriction on vectors containing other non-scalable vectors, so
> you could do something like: <scalable 1 x <4 x <4 x float>>> to be a
> scalable vector of 4x4 matrices.
> > all the standard arithmetic operations (fadd, fmul, etc.) would still be
> the standard operations (so fmul would be element-wise, not matrix
> multiplication), we would, as a separate proposal, add matrix
> multiplication as a separate intrinsic.
> > Most operations would treat a <scalable I x <J x <K x <L x ... type
> ...>>>> as a <scalable I x <(J * K * L * ...) x type>> for everything but
> result type.
> > We could have methods on Type that return the next level down vector
> type, the scalar type under the vector type nest (probably getScalarType),
> and the number of total scalar elements (getVectorNumElementsRecursive)
> assuming VL is the first valid non-zero integer: so <scalable I x <J x <K x
> <L x ... type ...>>>> returns I * J * K * L * ...
> > We will probably want to cache the innermost scalar type and the number
> of total scalar elements. Since we want to avoid adding another field to
> Type, we could have vector types store the getVectorNumElementsRecursive
> instead of the getVectorNumElements value, for getVectorNumElements we
> would divide the stored value by the stored value of the next level down.
> > There would be a pass to convert vector kinds for different targets.
> >> - Simon
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