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Re: Graphite news

On 02/09/2012 11:37 PM, Tobias Grosser wrote:
On 02/09/2012 11:05 PM, Vladimir Makarov wrote:
On 02/09/2012 07:42 AM, Tobias Grosser wrote:

== Who will do all the work? ==

After reading all the open projects you may wander who will do all the
work? Unfortunately Sebastian switched jobs at the end of 2011, such
that we lost one full time contributor. Furthermore, I am myself also
not full time working on Graphite, but work on my PhD where I am
founded to work on the LLVM Polly project. This means developer
resources are currently rare.

To solve this issue, I believe the best approach is to share as much
infrastructure as possible between different projects.

I just thought about licensing. If you are going to share the code between GCC and LLVM, who will be the owner (FSF or UIUC). But may be I understood you incorrectly and you meant only libraries (isl etc).

Both. Libraries are simple, as they are just used. For code I can only share code that I have written. That means, if I have written code I can add it at both places. If people start to contribute, moving code becomes more difficult. However, I assume that most of the stuff that can be shared will actually be part of isl, and only compiler specific stuff goes into GCC and LLVM. So I do not expect that a lot of code needs to be moved later on.

Or maybe I should be more specific.

I think the stuff that can actually be shared are polyhedral concepts and algorithms. Those are mathematical algorithms which are so high level that they are compiler independent. For Graphite and Polly itself I do not see too much code reuse. Obviously they will share some techniques and ideas, but the actual implementation will strongly depend on the compiler it is built for. Here we have not only different coding styles and conventions, but also different needs how we interact with the rest of the compilers, which heuristics we choose and how in general we use the polyhedral techniques. I have earlier implemented some algorithms for both compiler, but as soon as they are pushed upstream they slowly start to diverge and to adapt to what is best for each compiler. From that on I believe the sharing will most probably happen by sharing experience and ideas, not actual code. Not having the same code base will also allow both projects to explore new directions individually, which may result in useful ideas for both.


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