[llvm-dev] [RFC] Implementing the sanitizer runtimes for heterogeneous devices

Sharma, Reshabh Kumar via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Thu Oct 29 09:03:57 PDT 2020

Hi all,

We are thinking of extending the LLVM sanitizers, starting with asan, to heterogeneous situations
such as those found in OpenCL and HIP. We have already started thinking about the way
instrumentation will look like for different address spaces and posted a small RFC
(http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2020-July/143310.html) about removing the generated
inttoptr and ptrtoint pair from instrumented IR. We have started to look into the runtime
implementation, and we will be happy to get feedback and suggestion from the community so that we
can incorporate them in the design itself. We are looking at implementing a sanitizer runtime that
would support heterogeneous devices such as AMD GPUs and we present some directions that we can take
to make that happen:

    1. Add support for compilation of the compiler-rt sanitizer runtime by a device compiler

       We propose to update the sanitizer parts of compiler-rt so they can additionally be compiled
        with the HIP compiler and generate device code.  This would be our first choice. It provides
        obvious advantages over keeping separate sanitizer runtimes for heterogeneous devices and
        easier maintenance while ensuring feature parity. This can be broadly summarized in the
        following activities:

        a. Supporting device code generation

            We propose to add suitably protected changes which allow the code to be compiled for the
            HIP language and generate device code.

        b. Supporting device and host communication

            Sanitizer features like violation reporting requires communication from device to host.
            We propose to add support for the device code to communicate with the host for
            reporting. We see this going into a target specific sub-folder.

        c. Adding new interceptors

            We foresee a need for new interceptors, for example, device specific memory allocators.
            We propose to add these interceptors.

        d. Updating the build system

            We propose to update the build system to build device code when requested, as well as
            host code.

    2. Implement the device side sanitizer runtime separately

        In this scenario, the device side of the sanitizer runtime would be implemented in a
        separate folder, possibly in a separate repository.  For example, this could be added to our
        existing device side runtime. The changes mentioned in 1b and 1c to the existing host
        runtime would still be required.

Combinations of different approaches listed above are also possible. We will be happy to hear about
other approaches and ideas to move forward with them as well. Adding direct support for
heterogeneous device sanitizer runtime in compiler-rt will also be helpful for other heterogeneous
devices in future.

Many thanks,
Reshabh and Brian
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