Gallium3D's LLVMpipe Now Handles Wider Registers
Jose Fonseca of VMware has been working on wider registers in LLVMpipe. While this CPU-based software driver now supports SIMD registers wider than 128-bits, Fonseca isn't reporting any improvements as a result.
The lack of performance improvements with this wider register support for the performance-friendly Gallium3D software rasterizer, according to Jose, is namely due to LLVMpipe being dominated by integer SIMD instructions while the current AVX1 instruction set instruments are for handling floating-point instructions. This may even cause some performance overhead.
While there may not be performance gains at the moment out of this CPU-based driver leveraging LLVM, it does provide some architectural benefits.
This code does better stress MC-JIT from LLVM, which should be better improved with the LLVM 3.2 release due out in a few months.