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Subject: Re: [boost] Accelerating algorithms with SIMD - Segmented iterators and alternatives
From: Mathias Gaunard (mathias.gaunard_at_[hidden])
Date: 2010-10-11 21:43:27

On 12/10/2010 00:46, Jeremy Maitin-Shepard wrote:
> Recent versions of compilers are starting to support automatic loop
> vectorization, which can be utilized with minimal, if any, code changes.
> I imagine that as a library author you are more inclined to look for a
> library solution to this optimization problem, whereas compiler authors
> are more likely to try to implement it as part of the optimizer, but it
> seems to me that implementing it in the compiler is generally preferable.

Implementing automatic vectorization in compilers is certainly
worthwhile. Other people are working on this, as this is not really our
area of expertise. We consider our approach complimentary; both
approaches benefit different applications.

To produce good vectorized code, you need to design your code in a way
that is vectorizable. By making the vectorization explicit, it becomes
clear what you need to do to make it work, and what the problems that
prevent vectorization are.
It can require concessions or reorganizing your code, something an
optimizer will not do.

Also, auto-vectorization technology is not at a level where it can
compete with explicit vectorization.
Even with an ideal setup where everything should be vectorizable, there
is a very large gap between using explicit vectorization or just
automatic vectorization, as can be demonstrated for example by this

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