[PDB] Merge types in parallel when using ghashing

Authored by rnk on May 14 2020, 2:02 PM.


[PDB] Merge types in parallel when using ghashing

This makes type merging much faster (-24% on chrome.dll) when multiple
threads are available, but it slightly increases the time to link (+10%)
when /threads:1 is passed. With only one more thread, the new type
merging is faster (-11%). The output PDB should be identical to what it
was before this change.

To give an idea, here is the /time output placed side by side:

                            BEFORE    | AFTER
Input File Reading:           956 ms  |  968 ms
Code Layout:                  258 ms  |  190 ms
Commit Output File:             6 ms  |    7 ms
PDB Emission (Cumulative):   6691 ms  | 4253 ms
  Add Objects:               4341 ms  | 2927 ms
    Type Merging:            2814 ms  | 1269 ms  -55%!
    Symbol Merging:          1509 ms  | 1645 ms
  Publics Stream Layout:      111 ms  |  112 ms
  TPI Stream Layout:          764 ms  |   26 ms  trivial
  Commit to Disk:            1322 ms  | 1036 ms  -300ms

Total Link Time: 8416 ms 5882 ms -30% overall

The main source of the additional overhead in the single-threaded case
is the need to iterate all .debug$T sections up front to check which
type records should go in the IPI stream. See fillIsItemIndexFromDebugT.
With changes to the .debug$H section, we could pre-calculate this info
and eliminate the need to do this walk up front. That should restore
single-threaded performance back to what it was before this change.

This change will cause LLD to be much more parallel than it used to, and
for users who do multiple links in parallel, it could regress
performance. However, when the user is only doing one link, it's a huge
improvement. In the future, we can use NT worker threads to avoid
oversaturating the machine with work, but for now, this is such an
improvement for the single-link use case that I think we should land
this as is.


Before this change, we essentially used a
DenseMap<GloballyHashedType, TypeIndex> to check if a type has already
been seen, and if it hasn't been seen, insert it now and use the next
available type index for it in the destination type stream. DenseMap
does not support concurrent insertion, and even if it did, the linker
must be deterministic: it cannot produce different PDBs by using
different numbers of threads. The output type stream must be in the same
order regardless of the order of hash table insertions.

In order to create a hash table that supports concurrent insertion, the
table cells must be small enough that they can be updated atomically.
The algorithm I used for updating the table using linear probing is
described in this paper, "Concurrent Hash Tables: Fast and General(?)!":

The GHashCell in this change is essentially a pair of 32-bit integer
indices: <sourceIndex, typeIndex>. The sourceIndex is the index of the
TpiSource object, and it represents an input type stream. The typeIndex
is the index of the type in the stream. Together, we have something like
a ragged 2D array of ghashes, which can be looked up as:


By using these side tables, we can omit the key data from the hash
table, and keep the table cell small. There is a cost to this: resolving
hash table collisions requires many more loads than simply looking at
the key in the same cache line as the insertion position. However, most
supported platforms should have a 64-bit CAS operation to update the
cell atomically.

To make the result of concurrent insertion deterministic, the cell
payloads must have a priority function. Defining one is pretty
straightforward: compare the two 32-bit numbers as a combined 64-bit
number. This means that types coming from inputs earlier on the command
line have a higher priority and are more likely to appear earlier in the
final PDB type stream than types from an input appearing later on the
link line.

After table insertion, the non-empty cells in the table can be copied
out of the main table and sorted by priority to determine the ordering
of the final type index stream. At this point, item and type records
must be separated, either by sorting or by splitting into two arrays,
and I chose sorting. This is why the GHashCell must contain the isItem

Once the final PDB TPI stream ordering is known, we need to compute a
mapping from source type index to PDB type index. To avoid starting over
from scratch and looking up every type again by its ghash, we save the
insertion position of every hash table insertion during the first
insertion phase. Because the table does not support rehashing, the
insertion position is stable. Using the array of insertion positions
indexed by source type index, we can replace the source type indices in
the ghash table cells with the PDB type indices.

Once the table cells have been updated to contain PDB type indices, the
mapping for each type source can be computed in parallel. Simply iterate
the list of cell positions and replace them with the PDB type index,
since the insertion positions are no longer needed.

Once we have a source to destination type index mapping for every type
source, there are no more data dependencies. We know which type records
are "unique" (not duplicates), and what their final type indices will
be. We can do the remapping in parallel, and accumulate type sizes and
type hashes in parallel by type source.

Lastly, TPI stream layout must be done serially. Accumulate all the type
records, sizes, and hashes, and add them to the PDB.

Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D87805