A Domain-Specific Language for the Generation of Optimized SIMD-Parallel Assembly Code

Christopher Kumar Anand, Wolfram Kahl

SQRL Report No. 43
26 pages

Software Quality Research Laboratory
Department of Computing and Software
McMaster University
May 2007


We present a domain-specific language (DSL) embedded into Haskell that allows mathematicians to formulate novel high-performance SIMD-parallel algorithms for the evaluation of special functions.

Developing such functions involves explorations both of mathematical properties of the functions which lead to effective (rational) polynomial approximations, and of specific properties of the binary representation of floating point numbers.

Our framework includes support for estimating the effectiveness of different approximation schemes in Maple. Once a scheme is chosen, the Maple-generated component is integrated into the code generation setup. Numerical experimentation can then be performed interactively, with support functions for running standard tests and tabulating results. Once a satisfactory formulation is achieved, a code graph representation of the algorithm can be passed to other components which produce C function bodies, or to a state-of-the-art scheduler which produces optimal or near-optimal schedules, currently targeting the ``Cell Broadband Engine'' processor.

Encapsulating a considerable amount of knowledge about specific ``tricks'' in DSL constructs allows us to produce algorithm specifications that are precise, readable, and compile to optimal-quality assembly code, while formulations of the equivalent algorithms in C would be almost impossible to understand and maintain.

Wolfram Kahl