[i386] scalar ops that preserve the high part of a vector

Marc Glisse marc.glisse@inria.fr
Fri Dec 7 08:49:00 GMT 2012

On Fri, 7 Dec 2012, Michael Zolotukhin wrote:

> 1) Does the root problem lay in the fact that even for scalar
> additions we perform the addition on the whole vector and only then
> drop the higher parts of the vector? I.e. to fix the test from the PR
> we need to replace plus on vector mode with plus on scalar mode?

The root problem is that we model the subs[sd] instructions as taking a 
128-bit second operand, when Intel's documentation says they take a 
32/64-bit operand, which is an important difference for memory operands 
(and constants). Writing a pattern that reconstructs the result from a 
scalar operation also seems more natural than pretending we are doing a 
parallel operation and dropping most of it (easier for recog and friends).

(note: I think the insn was written to support the intrinsic, which does 
take a 128-bit argument, so it did a good job for that)

> 2) Is one of the main requirements having the same pattern for V4SF
> and V2DF version?

Uros seems to think that would be best.

> 3) I don't see vec_concat in patterns from your patches, is it
> explicitly generated by some x86-expander?

It is generated by ix86_expand_vector_set.

> Anyway, I really like the idea of having some uniformity in describing
> patterns for scalar instructions, so thank you for the work!

For 2-element vectors, vec_concat does seem more natural than vec_merge. 
If we chose vec_merge as the canonical representation, we should chose it 
for setting an element in a vector (ix86_expand_vector_set) everywhere, 
not just those scalarish operations.

So it would be good to have rth's opinion on this (svn blame seems to 
indicate he is the one who chose to use vec_concat specifically for V2DF 
instead of vec_merge).

Marc Glisse

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