compounding loop exit conditions

Hi all,

I got a question on loop exit condition identification based on LLVM. I made an assumption first that loop exit conditions are located in exiting basic blocks. Then I use loop->getExitingBlocks() to get all BBs. However, this policy seemed not work for combinational exit conditions, e.g. compounding conditions consists of conditions with logical predicates. The problem is that LLVM discompose these compounding conditions and only returns the last conditions. Obviously, it is not I wanted. I give a sample loop code segments here and attached please find my BB flow chart drawn according to the disassemble files (*.ll). The conditions are just for test, so pls do not take it seriously.

volatile int a;
int b,e ;

void *f1 (void *notused)
int *c;
int d;

while (1) {
c = &a;
if (*c != 0 ) d = 1;
if ( d != 1 && e != 0 && e != d ) break;
if ( *c == e) break;
b = 1;

In the BB flow chart, B15 and B20 is the exiting block recognized by LLVM. But One of the loop exit conditions is a combination of the compounded branches located in B15, B12 and B9.

Can any suggestion be shared with me to solve this problem?


2011-12-27.pdf (21.4 KB)

I didn’t see a response to this, but clearly you’re asking for control dependence information within the loop. You’ll have to look for CFG predecessors of the exiting block that are not deeper in the postdominator tree. For a fully qualified loop exiting condition, you have to do this iteratively as you walk down the postdominator tree. Eventually you’ll hit a leaf in the tree or the loop header. I’m sure you can find a paper on control dependence.