[Statepoints 1/4] Statepoint infrastructure for garbage collection: IR…


[Statepoints 1/4] Statepoint infrastructure for garbage collection: IR Intrinsics

The statepoint intrinsics are intended to enable precise root tracking through the compiler as to support garbage collectors of all types. The addition of the statepoint intrinsics to LLVM should have no impact on the compilation of any program which does not contain them. There are no side tables created, no extra metadata, and no inhibited optimizations.

A statepoint works by transforming a call site (or safepoint poll site) into an explicit relocation operation. It is the frontend's responsibility (or eventually the safepoint insertion pass we've developed, but that's not part of this patch series) to ensure that any live pointer to a GC object is correctly added to the statepoint and explicitly relocated. The relocated value is just a normal SSA value (as seen by the optimizer), so merges of relocated and unrelocated values are just normal phis. The explicit relocation operation, the fact the statepoint is assumed to clobber all memory, and the optimizers standard semantics ensure that the relocations flow through IR optimizations correctly.

This is the first patch in a small series. This patch contains only the IR parts; the documentation and backend support will be following separately. The entire series can be seen as one combined whole in http://reviews.llvm.org/D5683.

Reviewed by: atrick, ributzka


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