Currently, LoopDeletion does skip loops that have sub-loops, but this
means we currently fail to remove some no-op loops.
One example are inner loops with live-out values. Those cannot be
removed by itself. But the containing loop may itself be a no-op and the
whole loop-nest can be deleted.
The legality checks do not seem to rely on analyzing inner-loops only
With LoopDeletion being a LoopPass, the change means that we now
unfortunately need to do some extra work in parent loops, by checking
some conditions we already checked. But there appears to be no
noticeable compile time impact:
This changes patch leads to ~10 more loops being deleted on
MultiSource, SPEC2000, SPEC2006 with -O3 & LTO
This patch is also required (together with a few others) to eliminate a
no-op loop in omnetpp as discussed on llvm-dev 'LoopDeletion / removal of
empty loops.' (http://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2020-December/147462.html)
This change becomes relevant after removing potentially infinite loops
is made possible in 'must-progress' loops (D86844).
Note that I added a function call with side-effects to an outer loop in
llvm/test/Transforms/LoopDeletion/update-scev.ll to preserve the
original spirit of the test.