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From Alex Astapchuk <alex.astapc...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [drlvm][jit][opt] HARMONY-3243 It's possible to fill array with constant much faster
Date Fri, 16 Mar 2007 15:22:51 GMT
Hi Egor,

Thank you for you input. Please, find the answers inlined.

Egor Pasko wrote:
> On the 0x29B day of Apache Harmony Alex Astapchuk wrote:
>> Hi Egor,
>> Thank you for your valuable comments. Please, find the answers inlined.
>> Egor Pasko wrote:
>>> JIT guys,
>>> ...on the HARMONY-3243 patch I would like an open discussion in dev@
>>> rather than a limited one in JIRA.
>>> first of all, the latest faf_em64t.patch crashes for me with the
>>> message:
>>> java:
>>> /home/xxx/svn/1/trunk/working_vm/vm/jitrino/src/shared/LoopTree.h:85:
>>> bool Jitrino::LoopTree::hasLoops() const: Assertion `isValid()'
>>> failed.
>>> SIGABRT in VM code.
>>> Stack trace:
>>> addr2line: '[vdso]': No such file
>>> (hangs here)
>> Could you please add the steps to reproduce into the JIRA?
> done (maybe, my version is overly old, I'll check)

Thanks a lot!

>>> next, with all great respect to Nikolay Sidelnikov for his efforts I
>>> think, this idea needs a more careful analysis and probably
>>> reimplementation.
>>> The story is: 2 new optimization passes introduced: one in High-level
>>> Optimizer nd one in Code Generator:
>>> pass.1 recognizes a simple loop initialization with a simple pattern,
>>>        substitutes it with a JIT helper call
>>> pass.2 takes the corresponding call and substitutes it with a
>>>        Low-Level-IR as it thinks the best code is
>>> this should hypothetically improve one simple code pattern (that is
>>> probably widely used?), i.e.: for (int i=0;i<I;i=++){A[i]=X;}
>>> What I figured out looking at the patch:
>>> * [pass.2] does not seem to throw any AIOutOfBoundsException
>> It moves bound checks outside of the loop and does the 'fast' loop
>> only when the check guarantees that no outofbounds happens. Otherwise,
>> it falls into a 'regular' version.
> OK, but I still cannot not find the generation of code for the regular
> version in CG. Maybe, I a overlooking something. But, anyway,

You can't find it in CG. It's in HLO.

[If I'm not mistaken] from what I see the improved variant gets added
after the bounds checks. Again - in HLO pass, not in CG.

> supplemented tests with various conditions of bounds checking are
> absolutely necessary for this patch.
>>> * [pass.2] does not have any useful tuning parameters such as number
>>>            of unrolls per loop, thus the scheme eats potential benefit
>>>            from loop unrolling and does not give any tuning back
>> The optimization is mostly orthogonal to the loop unrolling - see
>> also below.
> by saying "orthogonal" you mean, loop unrolling together with this
> arrayFilling can give more on a certain code sample than each of the

What I meant is few lines below in the same message.

It's about more effective instructions and BBP overkill.

> optimizations alone? it is not true. these do not complement each
> other as far as I can see. But in case of abcd+versioning+unrolling+simple_fill
> they could.
> for simple_fill idea see below
>>> * [pass.1] detects such a rare pattern that I doubt it would benefit a
>>>            user (but obviously will benefit a you-know-which-benchmark
>>>            runner)
>> It quite common for many string intensive applications, including
>> XML-oriented.
>> I would suppose it's even more common than 'static array initialization'
>> pattern that is explicitly handled in the translator:
>> you may have a look into
>> jitrino/src/translator/java/JavaByteCodeTranslator.cpp,
>> methods JavaByteCodeTranslator::newarray(), checkForArrayInitializer().
> maybe..
> to prove that, do you have a handy popular open source benchmark to
> show this extreme space filling in XML-intensive comptations? are
> there many XML documents of 1000 spaces in a row that make sense?

Please, see below.

>>> * [pass.1] has a lot of new code that introduces potential instability
>> Could you please clarify more about instability - what do you mean exactly?
> I mean, it needs more testing. More corner cases with AIOOBE at least.
>>>            (if the pattern was detected not properly, the code does
>>>            not read easily), but does not contain a single unit test
>>>            or the like. Together with AIOOBE issue stability becomes a
>>>            real question.
>>> * back branch polling is not performed (which is probably good for
>>>   performance, but I would better have a tuning option)
>> BBP is useless (and even harmful) on short finite loops for various
>> reasons - it adds a memory access (a flag check), a branch, and a live
>> range. For hot short loops it's overkill.
> in tp.java they are not quite short. And XML-intensive applications

'quite short' is 'quite subjective' :-)

Please, have a deeper look into the provided micro benchmark.
It has nothing to do with 1000 spaces in a row.

It works with *80 chars* length strings. I personally find it a good
average. If we find it productive, we may examine the same tests for
various lengths, but I bet it will work for the all the real strings.

> trigger GC often, and GC needs this BBP to suspend faster. And, it is
> not an obvios thing. I would prefer complementary optimizations that

Huh? Did I read it correctly?
Do you *really* mean that such short loops may affect a thread

I don't believe this is true.

Such short loops take just dozens of clockticks to finish. While the
thread suspension involves much more heavy code sequence including spin
loops, waiting on events and context switches. They are just not
comparable in time.
Please correct me if my estimates are wrong.

> do not kill each other. And tuning parameters for geneting algorithm
> to choose non-obvious heuristics.
>> Throwing away the BBP is one of the goals for the optimization...
> loop finiteness is easily detected in this case. And I would prefer
> more general algorithms that optimize a variety of situations. This
> specific optimiztion detects only one specific case, has a lot of code
> and not properly tested. 
> Are we still targeting on stability?

Hmmmm.... Could you please be more specific? 'lot of code' is kind of
emotional characteristic. :-)

What makes you think it was not tested properly?

Bugs happen sometimes, it's sad. :-(

It was really helpful you discovered the problem before it goes into the 
main trunk.

>>> What I can say more is that a good "ABCD" optimization complimented
>> ... and ABCD does nothing with BBP, isn't it?
>>> with "loop versioning" optimiztion will make a more readable, more
>>> stable code, AND will give a better performance gain (loop unrolling
>> Unfortunately no, it will not. :-(
>> As you probably know ;-), char is 16 bits wide in Java.
> I know, probably :)
>> The code generated for char moves have to use 16 bit movement
>> instructions. These instructions include operand-size change prefix
>> (66h) that makes CPU decoder feel bad. 
> yukes
> Is this on super-duper Intel Core Whatever machines with decoders so
> badly feeling or it is about those somewhere living 486 processors?

It's true for many of modern processors. [I suppose] they have to
support such instructions for the tones of existing legacy code.
While providing a much better alternatives for modern compilers like
ICL or Jitrino.
If you're really interested in details, please refer to
the "Intel(R) 64 and IA-32 Architectures Optimization Reference Manual".
The link is at [1], and you may be interested in #
"Lenght-Changing prefixes (LCP)".

>> Whatever unrolling or versioning
>> would leave these heavy instructions on place.
> If so, write a 5 line optimization pass that replaces the operation
> encoding in the (unrolled!) loops. In this case the optimization will
> be a) more general/useful/complementing-each-other b) more readable.

It's an interesting idea. It would be really interesting to see such a
pass implemented and also measure it against HARMONY-3243.

>> One of the goals was to throw the heavy instructions away and replace
>> them with more effective and fast ones. It's somehow hard to do in
>> codegen separately, but much easy (and clearly) with a little help from
>> the HLO side - this is rationale for the HLO pass.
> Okay, now I begin understanding the whole motivation. Thanks! Could be
> in JIRA, btw.
> And now you have to support the helper in all codegenerators. I am not

Not really. As you probably know ;-) the optimization selection scheme
in Jitrino is extremely flexible. If a codegen does not need a
particular optimization, it may be turned off as easy as typing a single
'-' in .emconf.

> so happy. My scheme is more simple and portable.

... but it does not exist in the code ;-) [yet?] ...

>>> is awake too). Setting aside the fact that the overall design will be
>>> more straightforward (having no interdependent passes, extra helpers, etc)
>>> So I vote for focusing on ABCD plus "loop versioning" and leaving
>>> specific benchmark-oriented tricks (complicating our design) alone.
>> Again, the optimization is orthogonal to the ABCD and was never
>> positioned as replacement for ABCD. Optimization's main target are
>> string (and XML) intensive apps.
> thanks for explanation
>>> An experienced hacker would say that all compiler reasearch is a bunch
>>> of hacks that influence each other in unexpected ways. Well, maybe,
>>> but I do not like this particular hack (with all respect to Nikolay
>>> for his efforts)
>> In no way this is a hack. If you see a better room for the
>> improvements here, patches are always welcome. :-)
> I would prefer if we spent time on more usable approaches as loop
> versioning that take almost the same time to implement, are more
> portable, more readable, and solve a wider variety of optimization
> opportunities.

... Seriously, I don't see any reason why to oppose one optimization 
against another.

Surely, it would be just wonderful to have all optimizations at once.

I really mean 'all' - 'every single possible optimization'.
It would really great.

Thought the software development (as you probably know ;-) ) is
iterative and evolutionary process.

As long as your (or anyone other's) proposals are implemented - if
they make any of existing optimizations redundant - then what's the 
problem? We may easily switch to the better alternative.
The more alternatives we have the better.

I'm glad to see you are not proposing to throw the *existing* and
*working* code in favour of surely interesting, but not implemented

I also suggest to commit the existing HARMONY-3243.

We are all working on the steps forward.
When (in fact, if) we'll get a better alternative, we may choose
any particular variant we find useful.

And thanks again for your valuable input.

Here is the optimization guide I talked before:

[1] http://www.intel.com/design/processor/manuals/248966.pdf

Yours faithfully,

> This "improvement" looks like non-fair covering the gap in
> you-know-which benchmark with a quick hack and without testing.
> Well, now it is implemented and already gives some benefit, I can
> agree to let it go. But let's implement versioning, improve unrolling
> and throw this 'arrayFiiling' away.

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