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Re: [RFC] How to add vector math functions to Glibc
- From: Andrew Pinski <pinskia at gmail dot com>
- To: "Carlos O'Donell" <carlos at redhat dot com>
- Cc: "H.J. Lu" <hjl dot tools at gmail dot com>, Andrew Senkevich <andrew dot n dot senkevich at gmail dot com>, "Joseph S. Myers" <joseph at codesourcery dot com>, libc-alpha <libc-alpha at sourceware dot org>
- Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:17:25 -0700
- Subject: Re: [RFC] How to add vector math functions to Glibc
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On Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 10:55 AM, Carlos O'Donell <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 09/26/2014 12:08 PM, H.J. Lu wrote:
>>> I think this chioce may actually be larger than just Intel.
>>> For example IBM, and particularly their Power vector math
>>> functions were explained to me as being callable directly
>>> by developers. Thus Power might want libmvec.so in glibc?
>> Does Power have the same API as x86? If not, how will they
>> be used by programmers?
> Power does not have the same API.
They do have a similar API; at least the Cell does:
(I Helped write this spec when I was at Sony).
Which looks like it is also at
> I expect that David Edhelson was talking about these:
> Though I haven't verified.
>> Again, we need to decide
>> 1. Who is the main user.
> Normal developers.
>> 2. How it is used by the main user.
> They call those functions.
>> 3. What is the impact on the programmers.
> If the functions are in glibc, we can deploy them independent
> of compiler.
>> If we put it in GLIBC, we should have a API with a generic
>> implementation and each target can have optimized implementation.
> I disagree.
> Each target will likely have two APIs:
> (a) The legacy API supported for compatibility with existing
> applications following the existing published APIs.
> e.g. IBM and Intel vector functions.
> (b) A generic GNU implemetnation that all targets can have.
> We aren't even talking about (b) yet.