[Clang] Undef attribute for global variables
[Clang] Attribute to allow defining undef global variables
Initializing global variables is very cheap on hosted implementations. The
C semantics of zero initializing globals work very well there. It is not
necessarily cheap on freestanding implementations. Where there is no loader
available, code must be emitted near the start point to write the appropriate
values into memory.
At present, external variables can be declared in C++ and definitions provided
in assembly (or IR) to achive this effect. This patch provides an attribute in
order to remove this reason for writing assembly for performance sensitive
A close analogue in tree is LDS memory for amdgcn, where the kernel is
responsible for initializing the memory after it starts executing on the gpu.
Uninitalized variables in LDS are observably cheaper than zero initialized.
Patch is loosely based on the cuda shared and opencl __local variable
implementation which also produces undef global variables.
Reviewers: kcc, rjmccall, rsmith, glider, vitalybuka, pcc, eugenis, vlad.tsyrklevich, jdoerfert, gregrodgers, jfb, aaron.ballman
Reviewed By: rjmccall, aaron.ballman
Subscribers: Anastasia, aaron.ballman, davidb, Quuxplusone, dexonsmith, cfe-commits
Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D74361