Re: Smaller embedded version of the Vector extension
Krste, to be clear,The issue
On Thu, Jun 3, 2021 at 9:24 AM Krste Asanovic <krste@...> wrote:
On Jun 3, 2021, at 9:16 AM, Guy Lemieux <guy.lemieux@...> wrote:This is the requirement for app processors, which are not generally small cores.
The RVV spec should be inclusive, rather than exclusive. Setting VLEN
= 128 is a higher threshold that makes it less inclusive.
Sorry I wasn't clear. Of course, an implementation with VLEN=64 would4) are there any disadvantages to VLEN >= 64 (versus the current VLENLower performance on codes that work well on other app architectures.= 128)? (I can't see any)
likely be slower than one with VLEN=128.
To clarify: are there any disadvantages to allowing VLEN=64 in the
spec as a minimum threshold?
Software should be agnostic of VLEN, but the truth is programmers will
squeeze out every last bit where they can and they will latch on to
this minimum value when doing things like re-using LSBs of pointers,
setting minimum chunk sizes, etc. Hence, asking them to expect VLEN=64
as a minimum would be better (more inclusive).
I can't see how this would hurt performance.