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The Polyhedral Model Is More Widely Applicable Than You Think

Mohamed-Walid Benabderrahmane 1 Louis-Noël Pouchet 1 Albert Cohen 1 Cédric Bastoul 1
1 ALCHEMY - Architectures, Languages and Compilers to Harness the End of Moore Years
LRI - Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique : UMR8623, Inria Saclay - Ile de France
Abstract : The polyhedral model is a powerful framework for automatic optimization and parallelization. It is based on an algebraic representation of programs, allowing to construct and search for complex sequences of optimizations. This model is now mature and reaches production compilers. The main limitation of the polyhedral model is known to be its restriction to statically predictable, loop-based program parts. This paper removes this limitation, allowing to operate on general data-dependent control-flow. We embed control and exit predicates as first-class citizens of the algebraic representation, from program analysis to code generation. Complementing previous (partial) attempts in this direction, our work concentrates on extending the code generation step and does not compromise the expressiveness of the model. We present experimental evidence that our extension is relevant for program optimization and parallelization, showing performance improvements on benchmarks that were thought to be out of reach of the polyhedral model.
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Mohamed-Walid Benabderrahmane, Louis-Noël Pouchet, Albert Cohen, Cédric Bastoul. The Polyhedral Model Is More Widely Applicable Than You Think. Proceedings of the International Conference on Compiler Construction (ETAPS CC'10), Mar 2010, Paphos, Cyprus. pp.283--303. ⟨inria-00551087⟩

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