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Re: [RFC PATCH, i386]: Improve STV pass by correcting the cost of moves to/from XMM reg

On Fri, 23 Aug 2019, Uros Bizjak wrote:

> This is currently a heads-up patch that removes the minimum limitation
> of cost of moves to/from XMM reg. The immediate benefit is the removal
> of mismatched spills, caused by subreg usage.
> *If* the patch proves to be beneficial (as in "doesn't regress
> important benchmarks"), then we should be able to un-hide the
> inter-regset moves from RA and allow it to collapse some moves. As an
> example, patched compiler removes a movd in
> and still avoids mismatched spill.
> 2019-08-23  Uroš Bizjak  <>
>     * config/i386/i386.c (ix86_register_move_cost): Do not
>     limit the cost of moves to/from XMM register to minimum 8.
>     * config/i386/i386-features.c
>     (general_scalar_chain::make_vector_copies): Do not generate
>     zeroing move from GPR to XMM register, use gen_move_insn
>     instead of gen_gpr_to_xmm_move_src.
>     (general_scalar_chain::convert_op): Ditto.
>     (gen_gpr_to_xmm_move_src): Remove.
> The patch was bootstrapped and regression tested on x86_64-linux-gnu
> {,-m32}, configured w/ and w/o -with-arch=ivybridge.
> The patch regresses PR80481 scan-asm-not (where the compiler generates
> unrelated XMM spill on register starved x86_32). However, during the
> analysis, I found that the original issue is not fixed, and is still
> visible without -funrol-loops [1].
> [1]
> So, I'd wait for the HJ's benchmark results of the cost to/from XMM
> change before proceeding with the patch.

Otherwise looks good to me, it might clash (whitespace wise)
with my STV "rewrite" though.

We might want to adjust ix86_register_move_cost separately from
the STV change to use regular moves though?  Just to make bisection
point to either of the two - STV "fallout"" is probably minor
compared to fallout elsewhere...


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