Brussels / 1 & 2 February 2014


Auto-Vectorization in LLVM

Past, Present and Future

Auto-Vectorization has come a long way since the early vector-processing CPUs, and compilers generally take a long time to implement it, prioritizing other more generic features instead. But with all recent high-end chips containing some form of SIMD operations, auto-vectorization became a necessary feature on any modern compiler. LLVM was perhaps the last of the big compilers to have a decent vectorization engine, but it has grown considerably for the last year, and the investment on SIMD code generation will not diminish. This presentation outlines the past implementations, what we currently have available and peeks into the engineering pipeline to see what else we are working on.


Renato Golin