[llvm-dev] fp-contract=fast and pragmas

Keane, Erich via llvm-dev llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org
Wed Jun 30 10:42:10 PDT 2021

I would also expect/hope fast-math to work the same way.

As far as GCC compat, I know we play a little fast/loose with it in other cases, but I can definitely see the danger here.  To me, this feels like “GCC made a bad choice, so we are sticking ourselves with it”.

From: Steve (Numerics) Canon <scanon at apple.com>
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Subject: Re: [llvm-dev] fp-contract=fast and pragmas

Note that I’m actually pretty sympathetic to this line of argument; compilation-unit scoped flags are too heavy-handed, and pragma and attribute scoping is much nicer. I just think that it’s a much broader change than this one flag and requires a correspondingly broader discussion. E.g. I would expect fast-math to behave identically. It would also, as John noted, introduce a subtle incompatibility with GCC, which would be pretty dangerous.

– Steve

On Jun 30, 2021, at 1:34 PM, Steve (Numerics) Canon via llvm-dev <llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org<mailto:llvm-dev at lists.llvm.org>> wrote:

Aren’t you all (Intel) the ones promoting -f(no-)protect-parens, which is a command line flag that overrides source code semantics in _exactly_ the same manner?

– Steve

On Jun 30, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Keane, Erich <erich.keane at intel.com<mailto:erich.keane at intel.com>> wrote:

It seems awkward to me that we have a command-line switch that overrides source code to this extent.  Typically our command-line arguments cause us to change ‘defaults’, rarely do they cause us to ignore the source code.  IMO, there is a bit of a natural ‘order’ to where how an option like this should be specified, that is, code overrides command line overrides default.

At bare minimum, having a pragma like this that is supported, but just ignored in this case needs to have some level of diagnostic.  Silently ignoring a developer’s preference is the worst thing we can do.

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Subject: Re: fp-contract=fast and pragmas

It sounds to me like this test is simply incompatible with fp-contract=fast and should not be used in that mode.

– Steve

On Jun 30, 2021, at 11:14 AM, Kaylor, Andrew <andrew.kaylor at intel.com<mailto:andrew.kaylor at intel.com>> wrote:

Hi John,

Let me be clarify that ICC-compatibility isn’t my goal here. We can do that out-of-tree for Intel compilers based on LLVM.

My motivation is a problem I’m working on with the LLVM test suite. The Polybench benchmarks in the test are currently attempting to use ‘#pragma STDC FP_CONTRACT OFF’ to create a value-safe kernel whose results can be compared against an otherwise identical kernel that is compiled with whatever options the test suite is configured to use. This strategy fails if the test suite is configured to compile with ‘-ffp-contract=fast’. That’s the problem I’m trying to solve by having clang respect the pragma.

See https://reviews.llvm.org/D25346, https://reviews.llvm.org/D102861, and https://reviews.llvm.org/D104935.

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