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Re: combine permutations in gimple

On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 02:36:54PM +0200, Richard Guenther wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM, Jakub Jelinek <> wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 02:15:03PM +0200, Richard Guenther wrote:
> >> Ok.  That would still leave us with the issue Ramana brought up - the
> >> target hook returning true unconditionally if a generic permute is implemented.
> >> We just avoid generic expansion by tree-vect-generic.c that way.
> >
> > Yeah, if there is a generic permute, can_vec_perm_p will return true always
> > for the modes for which it is available.  Which is why I've been suggesting
> > also the target hook which should return false if only generic permute is
> > going to be used.
> Well.  What about returning a cost instead?  We don't want to transform
> two insns to four either.

That could work, it would just be a lot of work to change it (and more
costly).  E.g. on i386 for 16-byte vectors with certain ISAs we return true
right away, when returning cost we'd need to go the slow path always
even when the caller is just interested in a boolean flag whether it is
possible or not.

CCing rth as the author of the hooks.


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