[Libre-soc-bugs] [Bug 713] PartitionedSignal enhancement to add partition-context-aware lengths

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Wed Oct 6 07:03:16 BST 2021


--- Comment #11 from Jacob Lifshay <programmerjake at gmail.com> ---
(In reply to Luke Kenneth Casson Leighton from comment #8)
> (In reply to Jacob Lifshay from comment #6)
> > I already wrote code to fully determine the layout needed for partitioned
> > signals including padding (SimdLayout),
> ok good, because this moves out of the area originally for which PS
> was designed.
> > All that is needed is to adapt code so SimdLayout and SimdPartMode work with
> > PartitionedSignal.
> excellent, that eould be great.
> i am having a bit of a hard time understanding SimdLayout,
> etc., can you cut the type information, all "casting", they are
> extraneous lines, and add some docstrings explaining the
> purpose of the main functions?
> my feeling is, it should be possible to return an object
> from the standard override of Value.shape() and use that.
> most cases shape() is used to determine the signedness.
> if that doesn't pan out it can be adapted.

I think we should use:
class PartitionedSignal(...):
    def __init__(self, layout=1, *, ...):
        self.layout = SimdLayout.cast(layout)
    shape = None

since shape is limited by nmigen to just Shape(width,signedness) and nothing
> a way to fit with PartitionPoints is needed: an adapter
> that creates the dict that goes straight into Partition
> Points yet also can be used to return the list from
> which the case statements can be constrcted, will find
> an example

well, unfortunately, PartitionPoints just can't really express the required
padding info:
assuming a layout of:
    1: unsigned(10),
    2: unsigned(12),
    4: unsigned(15),
which ends up with a 40-bit signal with lanes like so:
bit #: 30v       20v       10v         0

There are 2 possible approaches for emulating PartitionPoints, neither good:
1. if we have the padding as separate partitions, then the created circuits
will be unnecessarily complex due to excessive partitions with partition points
at bits:
10, 12, 15, 20, 30, and 32. This gets significantly worse for 8-part layouts.

2. if we have padding included in their partitions, which gives partition
points of 10, 20, and 30, then many of the existing operators will calculate
the wrong results since they failed to account for padding.

> but first please can you take out type info and add docstrings
> so i can see what is going on with SimdLane

yeah, i'll add docs. the type info *is* part of the docs, just put in a
standardized spot where tools can read it. after all, someone writing code
needs to be able to quickly know what types a function expects, not have to
look through 10(!) different files following a chain of nested function calls
just to figure out how to call a particular function. That actually happened to
me several times when I was trying to write the div pipe, whereas if they had
docs that specified what types they expected, i would have saved a bunch of
time (10s 
instead of 10min).

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