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Re: combine permutations in gimple

On 13 August 2012 14:54, Jakub Jelinek <> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 03:45:00PM +0200, Marc Glisse wrote:
>> On Mon, 13 Aug 2012, Jakub Jelinek wrote:
>> >On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 03:13:26PM +0200, Richard Guenther wrote:
>> >>The patch does not do that.  It merely assumes that the target knows
>> >>how to perform an optimal constant permute and that two constant
>> >>permutes never generate better code than a single one.
>> >
>> >Still, the patch should do some tests whether it is beneficial.
>> >At least a can_vec_perm_p (mode, false, sel) test of the resulting
>> >permutation if both the original permutations pass that test,
>> Sounds good. The last argument should be the constant permutation
>> vector, presented as an array of indices stored in unsigned char? I
>> hadn't realized we already had access to backend information that
>> early in the compilation. It doesn't give the cost though.
> Yeah, it doesn't give the cost, just whether it is supported at all.

Maybe we need an interface of that form. A generic permute operation
used for constant permute operations is going to be more expensive
than more specialized constant permute operations. It might be that
this cost gets amortized over a large number of operations at which
point it makes sense but the compiler should make this transformation
based on cost rather than just whether something is supported or not.


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