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From: Jim Grosbach <grosbach <at> apple.com>
Subject: Proposal: Move host CPU auto-detection out of the TargetMachine
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.compilers.llvm.devel
Date: Tuesday 8th April 2014 00:59:46 UTC (over 3 years ago)
All,

Currently the X86 backend does CPU auto-detection and subtarget feature
detection when the TargetMachine is created if no explicit CPU was
specified. It's counterintuitive for low level tools like ‘llc’ to do
this, as it means the same .ll file compiled on heterogenous machines
generates different results from the same ‘llc’ command line. It is
still useful to be able to opt-in to such behavior to, for example,
replicate clang’s behavior when -mcpu=native is supplied to clang. My
thought is to do something similar here and teach ‘llc’ to recognize
-mcpu=native and probe the host CPU if that is given. The subtarget
features will then be filled in according to the feature string for that
CPU. This (a) changes the auto-detection from opt-out to opt-in and (b)
moves the logic out of the core target backend and into the tools drivers.

Attached are draft patches that do this for X86. Similar but smaller
cleanups can also be done for SystemZ and PowerPC if it’s agreed this is
a good idea.

-Jim
 
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