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A Serputov
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SPO600 project part 1

First of all, let's talk about the project and what we should do for the first stage.

This semester, the project involves adding SVE2 optimizations to an open-source software package.

For the first part, we will go through these parts:
(I decide not to rewrite the same documentation, you can read more about the rules of each part here.)

  1. Identify some candidate open-source packages for optimization.
  2. Find the SIMD implementations in these packages.
  3. Select the package you want to work with.
  4. Create a strategy for your changes.
  5. Note how the community accepts contributions and engages with the community to discuss your proposed work.

Let's find some open-source candidates:

I'm substantial open-source fun for almost two years now, and out of my curiosity, I decided first to check the libraries and software that I previously wanted to contribute.

The most recent idea was to look through Curl and a few python libraries. Also, I decided to see the javascript web socket library. Still, after reading more tips on the lab, I thought it's much better to look through library-level packages only and better with c/c++ because it's easier to add assembly in one of these ways:

  • auto-vectorization
  • inline assembler
  • intrinsicts.
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I've decided to switch to something better, and after a few hours of searching, I found this repository:

I was shocked to find this project from google repo: and I even wrote an email to the owner repo to see what progress they did and everything about SIMD/SVE instructions inside the repo:

I received a feedback:
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but unfortunately while receiving this email, I also saw that they already have SVE2 instructions:
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It's great to have some experience and implement the todos, but that's in a different blogPost.

I decided to move on and came across these repositories:

Is there SIMD implementations in these packages?

Yes, both of these repositories have SIMD instructions, but one of them only has arm instructions.
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Select the package you want to work with.

About the package.
Vc is portable, zero-overhead C++ types for explicitly data-parallel programming.

I will work mainly with VC to implement the SVE2 instructions and work with XSIMD.

Create a strategy for your changes.

For now, I have already forked their repo on GitHub and cloned it to my local VSCode. Now I will browse through the code to see what I can update, how their build process works, how the library works overall, and how to implement all the features for SVE2 instructions, like .h(header file) + script for build and so on.

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Note how the community accepts contributions and engages with the community to discuss your proposed work.

I will need to write the message on slack or an email to check if I can add SVE2 instructions to their repo. But as it's a GitHub repo, I hope they will check my updates simply with a new Pull Request.

I created an Issue. Let's see how it will go:

Also I will definitely spend time on google/highway. Please wait for my new blog about it as soon as possible.


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_p.s This post was made for my Software Portability and Optimization class. Lab 6.

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