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Algorithms on Integer Lattices and Memory Reuse Module: Cl@k+Bee

Participants : Christophe Alias, Fabrice Baray [ Mentor, Former Post-Doc in Compsys ] , Alain Darte.

A few years ago, we identified new mathematical tools useful for the automatic derivation of array mappings that enable memory reuse, in particular the notions of admissible lattice and of modular allocation (linear mapping plus modulo operations). Fabrice Baray, post-doc Inria, developed a tool in 2005-2006, called Cl@k (for Critical LAttice Kernel), that computes or approximates the critical lattice for a given 0-symmetric polytope. (An admissible lattice is a lattice whose intersection with the polytope is reduced to 0; a critical lattice is an admissible lattice with minimal determinant.) So far, Cl@k was a stand-alone optimization software tool, with no connections with programs or memory reuse. It has now been plugged by Christophe Alias (also Post-Doc Inria) into ROSE, a source-to-source program transformer, thanks to the development of a lifetime analyzer called Bee. Bee uses ROSE as a high-level parser, analyzes the lifetime of elements of the arrays to be compressed, and builds the necessary input for Cl@k, i.e., the 0-symmetric polytope of conflicting differences. See Section  6.7 for more details.

Cl@k can be viewed as a complement to the Polylib suite, enabling yet another kind of optimizations on polyhedra. Bee is the complement of Cl@k in terms of its application to memory reuse. We believe that Cl@k is going to be used for other not-yet-identified problems, in particular problems for which finding a form of ``bounding box'' for a polytope is important. As for Bee, it is our first development into ROSE, which may become our future reference platform for implementations of high-level program transformations.


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