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Register allocation trouble
- From: Andrew Stubbs <andrew_stubbs at mentor dot com>
- To: <gcc at gcc dot gnu dot org>
- Date: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 12:50:11 +0100
- Subject: Register allocation trouble
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I have an architecture that has two register files. Let's call them
class A and class B. There are some differences between their
capabilities, but for the purposes of this problem, they can be
considered to be identical, both holding SImode values, and both able to
receive values without a secondary reload.
In order to load data into A, the address register must also be in A.
Similarly, in order to load data into B, the address register must also
be in B.
So I set up my (simplified) pattern:
(set (match_operand:SI "register_operand" "=a,b")
(match_operand:SI "memory_operand" "Ra,Rb"))
"a" is a register in A
"b" is a register in B
"Ra" is a mem with base address in A
"Rb" is a mem with base address in B
(Obviously, there are stores and moves and whatnot too, but you get the
The problem is that the register allocator cannot see inside Ra and Rb
to know that it must allocate the base register correctly. It only knows
that, some of the time, the instruction "does not satisfy its constraints".
I believe the register allocator relies on base_reg_class to choose a
class for the base register, but that just says "AB" (the union of class
A and class B), because it has no context to say otherwise. Only the
constraints define what hard registers are acceptable, and all they see
is pseudoregs during reload.
Similarly for the other hooks I've investigated: they don't have enough
context to know what's going on, and the rtx given always has pseudo
The only solutions I can think of are to either preallocate the loads to
register classes via some means MODE_CODE_BASE_REG_CLASS can see
(address spaces, perhaps), or to have an alternative that catches the
mismatching cases and splits to a load and move, or set the base class
to A and always load via secondary reload for B.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.