[Mesa-dev] [PATCH] i965: Use NIR by default for vertex shaders on GEN8+

Matt Turner mattst88 at gmail.com
Thu May 7 18:17:46 PDT 2015

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 4:50 PM, Jason Ekstrand <jason at jlekstrand.net> wrote:
> GLSL IR vs. NIR shader-db results for SIMD8 vertex shaders on Broadwell:
>    total instructions in shared programs: 2724483 -> 2711790 (-0.47%)
>    instructions in affected programs:     1860859 -> 1848166 (-0.68%)
>    helped:                                4387
>    HURT:                                  4758
>    GAINED:                                1499
> The gained programs are ARB vertext programs that were previously going
> through the vec4 backend.  Now that we have prog_to_nir, ARB vertex
> programs can go through the scalar backend so they show up as "gained" in
> the shader-db results.

Again, I'm kind of confused and disappointed that we're just okay with
hurting 4700 programs without more analysis. I guess I'll go do

I'm concerned -- lots of shaders like left-4-dead-2/low/3699 go from
297 -> 161 instructions. More concerning, the number of send
instructions drop from 36 to 12, and a loop that was 111 instructions
long suddenly becomes

   START B1 <-B0 <-B2
cmp.ge.f0(8)    null            g42<8,8,1>D     g7<0,1,0>D
(+f0) break(8)  JIP: 24         UIP: 24
   END B1 ->B3 ->B2
   START B2 <-B1
add(8)          g42<1>D         g42<8,8,1>D     1D
while(8)        JIP: -32
   END B2 ->B1

That deserves a lot more investigation. I'll take a gamble and say
something is broken.

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