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JikesRVM Optimizing (JIT) Compiler - II

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Compiler phases of Jikes RVM
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6. OptimizationPlanCompositeElement

6.1. LinearScanHandles the linear scan register allocation.

6.2. GCP – Handles Global Code Placement. Comes in two variants. One is, Loop Invariant Code Motion (LICM), which is applied to HIR and LIR. The other is, Global Common Sub Expression Elimination (GCSE), which is applied only to LIR and before LICM. These run on static single assignment form (SSA form). SSA form is a property of IR that states that each variable is assigned exactly once. Utility functions of SSA form are handled by the class SSA. These GCP algorithms use the dominator tree to determine the positions for operations.However, SSA, by default is disabled in the optimization compiler, as it is currently buggy.

6.3. SSATuneup – Places the IR in SSA form, and cleans up by performing a set of simple optimizations.

6.4. RegisterAllocatorThe driver routine for register allocation. The constructor initially prepares for the allocation, and then performs the allocation using the live information.

6.5. LoadElimination – Implements the redundant load elimination.

6.6. LiveRangeSplitting – Performed at the end of SSA in LIR. This performs live range splitting, when they enter and exit the loop bodies by normal/unexceptional control flow, also splitting on edges to and from infrequent code.

6.7. RedundantBranchElimination – Based on the SSA form, global value numbers, and dominance relationships, the below conditions are considered to be sufficient for a branch to be eliminated as redundant.

* It has the same value number as another conditional branch, and hence it is found to be equivalent to that branch.

* Target of taken branch of the other condition branch (cb2) dominates the condition branch (cb1) under consideration, making the target block having exactly one in edge.

* Non-taken continuation of cb2 dominates cb1, and the continuation block has exactly one in edge.

6.8. ConvertLIRtoMIR – Converts an IR object: LIR → MIR, using the Bottom-Up Rewrite System (BURS), which is a tree pattern matching system, for instruction selection. The constructor proceeds to create the phase element as a composite of the other elements, in stages as given below.

* Reduce the LIR operator set to a core set.

* Convert ALU operators.

* Normalize the usage of constants.

* Compute the liveness information, build DepGraph block by block and perform BURS based instruction selection.

* Complex operators expand to multiple basic blocks of MIR. Handle them.

* Perform Null Check Combining using validation operands. Remove all the validation operands that are not present in the MIR.

6.9. ConvertMIRtoMC – Converts an IR object: MIR → Final Machine Code. In the constructor, it initially performs the final MIR expansion. Then, it performs the assembly and map generation.

7. Subclasses of CompilerPhases

Different optimizations of different phases are taken care by the sub classes of CompilerPhases, which are responsible for them. Different optimization plans of different functions will still share the same component element objects, as every optimization plan contains a sub set of the elements from the master plan. To avoid this overhead, perform() of the atomic element creates a new instance of the phase immediately before calling the phase's perform(). The method newExecution() of CompilerPhase is overridden, such that, if the phase doesn't contain a state, the phase is returned instead of its clone.

8. Operators

IR includes a list of instructions, each including an operand or possibly, the operands. Operators are defined by the class Operator, which is auto-generated by the driver, from a template. The input files are Operators.Template and OperatorList.dat found in rvm/src-generated/opt-ir. This machine dependent Operator class resides in jikesrvm/generated/{ARCH}/main/java/org/jikesrvm/compilers/opt/ir, where ARCH refers to the architecture such as ia32-32, ia32-64, ppc-32, and ppc-64.

OperatorList.dat in rvm/src-generated/opt-ir defines the HIR and LIR subsets of the Operators where the first few define HIR only whilst the remaining define both, and OperatorList.dat in rvm/src-generated/opt-ir/{ARCH} (Here, ARCH is such as ia32) defines the MIR subset. Each operator definition consists of 5 lines given below:

SYMBOL – A static symbol identifying the operator.

INSTRUCTION_FORMAT – The class of Instruction format that accepts this operator.

TRAITS – Characteristics of the operator, composed with a bit-wise OR | operator.Valid traits are defined in the Operators class.

IMPLDEFS – Registers implicitly defined by the operator.

IMPLUSES- Registers implicitly used by the operator.Here the last two are usually applicable only to the MIR subset, which is machine dependent.

For example, the definition of the Floating Point Conditional Move (FCMOV) is,


where, for the integer addition operator, it is,


leaving the last two lines empty.

9. Instruction Formats

Instruction formats are defined in the package instructionFormats and each fixed length instruction format is defined in the InstructionFormatList.dat files in /rvm/src-generated/opt-ir and /rvm/src-generated/opt-ir/{ARCH} (Here, ARCH is such as ia32 and ppc).

Each entry in the InstructionFormatList.dat has 4 lines as below.

NAME – Name of the Instruction Format.

SIZES – Parameters such as the number of operands defined (NUMDEFS), defined and used (NUMDEFUSES), and used (NUMUSES), and additionally NUMVAR, VARDORU, and NUMALT for variable length instructions.

SIG – Describing the operands. The structure is, D/DU/U NAME TYPE [opt]. Here, D/DU/U defines whether the operand is a def, def and use (both), or use. Type defines the type of the operand, as a sub class of Operand. [opt] indicates whether the operand is optional.

VARSIG – Describing the repeating operands, used for variable length instructions. The structure is NAME TYPE [PLURAL]. Here, PLURAL is used, where NAMEs is not the plural of NAME.

For example, let's consider the definition of NEWARRAY.

1 0 2
"D Result RegisterOperand" "U Type TypeOperand" "U Size Operand"

Here it indicates the three operands, one D (def), no operand of DU (def and use) type, and two U (use), where the Def type operand is called Result, and of type RegisterOperand, similarly the use operands are called Type and Size, and are of types TypeOperand and SizeOperand, respectively.

10. Instruction Selection

BURS is used for instruction selection, where the rules are defined in architecture specific files in rvm/src-generated/opt-burs/{ARCH}, where ARCH refers to architectures such as ia32 (example files: PPC_Alu32.rules, PPC_Alu64.rules, PPC_Common.rules, PPC_Mem32.rules, and PPC_Mem64.rules) or ppc (example files: IA32.rules, IA32_SSE2.rules, and IA32_x87.rules).

Each rule is defined by an entry of four lines, as given below.

PRODUCTION – The format is “non-terminal: rule”, where this is the tree pattern to be matched. Non-terminal denotes a value, followed by a colon, and followed by a dependence tree producing that value.

COST – The additional cost due to matching the given pattern.

FLAGS – Defined in the auto-generated class BURS_TreeNode. The below can be the flags.

* NOFLAGS – No operation performed in this production.

* EMIT_INSTRUCTION – Instructions are emitted in this production.

* LEFT_CHILD_FIRST – The left hand side of the production is visited first.

* RIGHT_CHILD_FIRST – Theright hand side first.

* TEMPLATE: The code to be emitted.

Floating point load is defined below as an example.

Fpload: FLOAT_LOAD(riv, riv)
pushMO(MO_L(P(p), DW));

Jburg, a bottom-up rewrite machine generator for Java, is a compiler construction tool, that is used for instruction selection, converting the tree structure representation of the program into a machine code.

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