[TableGen] Introduce a generic automaton (DFA) backend

Authored by jmolloy on Oct 4 2019, 2:03 AM.


[TableGen] Introduce a generic automaton (DFA) backend

This patch introduces -gen-automata, a backend for generating deterministic finite-state automata.

DFAs are already generated by the -gen-dfa-packetizer backend. This backend is more generic and will
hopefully be used to implement the DFA generation (and determinization) for the packetizer in the

This backend allows not only generation of a DFA from an NFA (nondeterministic finite-state
automaton), it also emits sidetables that allow a path through the DFA under a sequence of inputs to
be analyzed, and the equivalent set of all possible NFA transitions extracted.

This allows a user to not just answer "can my problem be solved?" but also "what is the
solution?". Clearly this analysis is more expensive than just playing a DFA forwards so is
opt-in. The DFAPacketizer has this behaviour already but this is a more compact and generic

Examples are bundled in unittests/TableGen/Automata.td. Some are trivial, but the BinPacking example
is a stripped-down version of the original target problem I set out to solve, where we pack values
(actually immediates) into bins (an immediate pool in a VLIW bundle) subject to a set of esoteric

Reviewers: t.p.northover

Subscribers: mgorny, llvm-commits

Tags: #llvm

Differential Revision: https://reviews.llvm.org/D67968

llvm-svn: 373718