Instruction Scheduling

Dear LLVM'ers,

     I am browsing the instruction schedulers available in llc, and there are many:

   -pre-RA-sched = {default, none, simple, simple-noitin, list-burr, list-tdrr, list-td}

     I looked into the sources in lib/CodeGen/SelectionDAG, and I could find implementation of Sethi-Ullman numbering, list scheduling, etc.
     Now, I wish I could find some comparison between the schedulers. I guess you guys probably have some tests somewhere. Basically, I wish I could know when it is better to use a scheduler, and when it is better to use another. Even if someone could point me a paper/report discussing these issues, it would be great.

best,

Fernando

You must be using an older release of llvm. There are only three variants left: list-tdrr, list-burr, and list-td. These are all fairly basic: list scheduling for minimum latency (top down only, bottom up isn't implemented due to lack of time), list scheduling for minimum register pressure (both top down and bottom up, but in fact only the bu variant has been actively maintained).

x86 and arm defaults to list-burr, it does a reasonable job of minimize register pressure. Recently I haven't noticed many cases where it break down. ppc defaults to list-td, it uses a fairly simple hazard recognizer to form good dispatch groups.

There hasn't been any real scheduling study done using llvm as far as I am aware.

Evan