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README.md

auto-diagonalize

auto-diagonalize is an optimization pass written for LLVM.

Its purpose is to replace loops that can be modeled as linear dynamical systems with a closed-form representation of the system.

The effect of this optimization is to transform simple O(n) processes into O(lg(n)) processes.

This is only possible if the n x n transformation matrix of the system has n linearly independent eigenvectors.

There's a short paper about auto-diagonalize which goes into more detail here.

The Fibonacci Example

Take for example the iterative fibonacci algorithm;

def fib(n):
	a = 1
	b = 1
	for i in range(2, n + 1):
		tmp = a
		a = b
		b = tmp + b
	return b

LLVM will compile the main loop of this algorithm into something like this;

; <label>:3                                       ; preds = %3, %.lr.ph
  %i.03 = phi i32 [ 2, %.lr.ph ], [ %5, %3 ]
  %a.02 = phi double [ 1.000000e+00, %.lr.ph ], [ %b.01, %3 ]
  %b.01 = phi double [ 1.000000e+00, %.lr.ph ], [ %4, %3 ]
  %4 = fadd double %a.02, %b.01
  %5 = add nsw i32 %i.03, 1
  %exitcond = icmp eq i32 %5, %2
  br i1 %exitcond, label %._crit_edge, label %3

The optimization pass eliminates this loop, replacing it with;

dgen:                                             ; preds = %.lr.ph
  %iexpt = sub i32 %2, 2
  %fexpt = uitofp i32 %iexpt to double
  %eigvexpt = call double @llvm.pow.f64(double 0xBFE3C6EF372FE94E, double %fexpt)
  %pdn = fmul double 0xBFEB38880B4603E6, %eigvexpt
  %pdn1 = fmul double 0x3FE0D2CA0DA1530D, %eigvexpt
  %eigvexpt2 = call double @llvm.pow.f64(double 0x3FF9E3779B97F4A6, double %fexpt)
  %pdn3 = fmul double 0xBFE0D2CA0DA1530E, %eigvexpt2
  %pdn4 = fmul double 0xBFEB38880B4603E6, %eigvexpt2
  %ik_kj = fmul double %pdn, 0xBFEB38880B4603E3
  %dotp = fadd double %ik_kj, 0.000000e+00
  %ik_kj5 = fmul double %pdn3, 0xBFE0D2CA0DA1530C
  %dotp6 = fadd double %ik_kj5, %dotp
  %pdpxj = fmul double %dotp6, 1.000000e+00
  %xf = fadd double %pdpxj, 0.000000e+00
  %ik_kj7 = fmul double %pdn, 0x3FE0D2CA0DA1530D
  %dotp8 = fadd double %ik_kj7, 0.000000e+00
  %ik_kj9 = fmul double %pdn3, 0xBFEB38880B4603E5
  %dotp10 = fadd double %ik_kj9, %dotp8
  %pdpxj11 = fmul double %dotp10, 1.000000e+00
  %xf12 = fadd double %pdpxj11, %xf
  %ik_kj13 = fmul double %pdn1, 0xBFEB38880B4603E3
  %dotp14 = fadd double %ik_kj13, 0.000000e+00
  %ik_kj15 = fmul double %pdn4, 0xBFE0D2CA0DA1530C
  %dotp16 = fadd double %ik_kj15, %dotp14
  %pdpxj17 = fmul double %dotp16, 1.000000e+00
  %xf18 = fadd double %pdpxj17, 0.000000e+00
  %ik_kj19 = fmul double %pdn1, 0x3FE0D2CA0DA1530D
  %dotp20 = fadd double %ik_kj19, 0.000000e+00
  %ik_kj21 = fmul double %pdn4, 0xBFEB38880B4603E5
  %dotp22 = fadd double %ik_kj21, %dotp20
  %pdpxj23 = fmul double %dotp22, 1.000000e+00
  %xf24 = fadd double %pdpxj23, %xf18 
  br label %._crit_edge

The newly-generated code is fed through the rest of LLVM's optimization pipeline, resulting in additional savings from constant folding and SIMD instruction usage.

Limitations

This pass does not attempt to handle transformation matrices which have complex eigenvalues.

Please see the Issues for more information on limitations.

Acknowledgements

This project makes heavy use of [Eigen] (http://eigen.tuxfamily.org/index.php?title=Main_Page) and LLVM, which are both really fun to work with.

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