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20.1 Flow analysis

It seems we could use the global-conflicts structures during compute the inter-block lifetime information. The pre-pass creates all the global-conflicts for blocks that global TNs are referenced in. The flow analysis pass just adds always-live global-conflicts for the other blocks the TNs are live in. In addition to possibly being more efficient than SSets, this would directly result in the desired global-conflicts information, rather than having to create it from another representation.

The DFO sorted per-TN global-conflicts thread suggests some kind of algorithm based on the manipulation of the sets of blocks each TN is live in (which is what we really want), rather than the set of TNs live in each block.

If we sorted the per-TN global-conflicts in reverse DFO (which is just as good for determining conflicts between TNs), then it seems we could scan though the conflicts simultaneously with our flow-analysis scan through the blocks.

The flow analysis step is the following: If a TN is always-live or read-before-written in a successor block, then we make it always-live in the current block unless there are already global-conflicts recorded for that TN in this block.

The iteration terminates when we don’t add any new global-conflicts during a pass.

We may also want to promote TNs only read within a block to always-live when the TN is live in a successor. This should be easy enough as long as the global-conflicts structure contains this kind of info.

The critical operation here is determining whether a given global TN has global conflicts in a given block. Note that since we scan the blocks in DFO, and the global-conflicts are sorted in DFO, if we give each global TN a pointer to the global-conflicts for the last block we checked the TN was in, then we can guarantee that the global-conflicts we are looking for are always at or after that pointer. If we need to insert a new structure, then the pointer will help us rapidly find the place to do the insertion.]


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