[llvm-dev] LLVM multithreading support

Chris Lattner via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Sat Apr 11 17:15:49 PDT 2020

Hi all,

I was looking at the profile for a tool I’m working on, and noticed that it is spending 10% of its time doing locking related stuff.  The structure of the tool is that it reading in a ton of stuff (e.g. one moderate example I’m working with is 40M of input) into MLIR, then uses its multithreaded pass manager to do transformations.

As it happens, the structure of this is that the parsing pass is single threaded, because it is parsing through a linear file (the parser is simple and fast, so this is bound by IR construction).  This means that none of the locking during IR construction is useful.

Historically, LLVM had a design where you could dynamically enable and disable multithreading support in a tool, which would be perfect for this use case, but it got removed by this patch <https://github.com/llvm/llvm-project/commit/9c9710eaf4c1f01b8b518bdba89aba059ab14175#diff-bb772a7e6d4ebf2b46c6d42c95f40ddf>: (xref https://reviews.llvm.org/D4216 <https://reviews.llvm.org/D4216>).  The rationale in the patch doesn’t make sense to me - this mode had nothing to do with the old LLVM global lock, this had to do with whether llvm::llvm_is_multithreaded() returned true or false … which all the locking stuff is guarded on.

Would it make sense to re-enable this, or am I missing something?

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