This Julia package provides the
@cse macro, which performs common subexpression elimination. That means that, given a piece of code like:
for i in 1:10 x[i] = foo(1) + i end
in which the function
foo(1) is evaluated 10 times, the
@cse macro will produce code that moves that expression out of the loop:
foo_1 = foo(1) for i in 1:10 x[i] = foo_1 + i end
and thus only evaluates
Arbitrarily complex nested expressions can be handled, and should result in more efficient code:
@cse inv(H) * (G + W) - (G + W)' * inv(H)
inv_H = inv(H) G_plus_W = G + W inv_H * G_plus_W - G_plus_W' * inv_H
You can also wrap entire function definitions or code blocks:
@cse function foo(x) [f(x) == i for i in 1:5] end
This package is very new and its results may not be correct. Please use it carefully and report any issues you find.
Any function called within a block wrapped in the
@cse macro must be pure. That is to say, the function must have no side-effects. The
@cse macro can not enforce or verify this. If your function has side-effects, then the common subexpression elimination may change the behavior of your program, since those side-effects will not happen as often as you had expected.
A pure function is one with no side-effects. When we say that a function has side-effects, we mean that calling it somehow changes the state of your program, beyond just the value that it returns. A trivial function that does have a side-effect is:
f_counter = 0 function f(x) global f_counter f_counter += 1 2 * x end
which increases a counter
f_counter every time it is called.
In addition, any function that mutates its input arguments can not be pure, since changing its input arguments constitutes a side effect.
The CSE transformation can be visualized using the TreeView.jl package. Here's a very simple example:
This package does not (currently) construct a full data-flow graph like DataFlow.jl. Instead, it performs a few relatively simple steps:
x = 5) is encountered, then add the target of the assignment (
xin this case) to the disqualified symbols.
This simple procedure ensures that we only cache functions whose inputs do not change within the given code block (assuming that all function calls are pure, as required above).
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