LLVM Adds A SPIR-V CPU Runner For Handling GPU Kernels On The CPU
Written by Michael Larabel in LLVM on 26 October 2020 at 02:17 PM EDT. 3 Comments
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LLVM has merged an experimental MLIR-based SPIR-V CPU runner that the developers are working towards being able to handle CPU-based execution of GPU kernels.

This new SPIR-V runner is built around the MLIR intermediate representation (Multi-Level Intermediate Representation) with a focus of going from GPU-focused code translated through SPIR-V and to LLVM and then executed on the CPU. The runner focus is similar to that of the MLIR-based runners for NVIDIA CUDA, AMD ROCm, and Vulkan, but just executing on the CPU itself. It was earlier this year LLVM added the MLIR-Vulkan-Runner for handling MLIR on Vulkan hardware.

More details on this new CPU runner for SPIR-V via this commit that landed in LLVM 12 mainline.

It will be interesting to watch this runner mature and hopefully allowing for easier and robust SPIR-V kernel fallbacks to CPU-based execution when needed or for verification purposes outside of the GPU.
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