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SixtyPical Fallthru
This is a test suite, written in Falderal format, for SixtyPical's ability to detect which routines make tail calls to other routines, and thus can be rearranged to simply "fall through" to them.
The theory is as follows.
SixtyPical supports a goto
, but it can only appear in tail position.
If a routine r1 ends with a unique goto
to a fixed routine r2 it is said
to potentially fall through to r2.
A unique goto
means that there are not multiple different goto
s in
tail position (which can happen if, for example, an if
is the last thing
in a routine, and each branch of that if
ends with a different goto
.)
A fixed routine means, a routine which is known at compile time, not a
goto
through a vector.
Consider the set R of all available routines in the program.
Every routine either potentially falls through to a single other routine or it does not potentially fall through to any routine.
More formally, we can say
fall : R → R ∪ {nil}, fall(r) ≠ r
where nil
is an atom that represents no routine.
Now consider an operation chain() vaguely similar to a transitive closure on fall(). Starting with r, we construct a list of r, fall(r), fall(fall(r)), ... with the following restrictions:
 we stop when we reach
nil
(because fall(nil
) is not defined)  we stop when we see an element that is not in R.
 we stop when we see an element that we have already added to the list (this is to prevent infinite lists due to cycles.)
With these definitions, our algorithm is something like this.
Treat R as a mutable set and start with an empty list of lists L. Then,
 For all r ∈ R, find all chain(r).
 Pick a longest such chain. Call it C.
 Append C to L.
 Remove all elements occurring in C, from R.
 Repeat until R is empty.
When time comes to generate code, generate it in the order given by L.
In addition, each sublist in L represents a number of routines to
generate; all except the final routine in such a sublist need not have
any jump instruction generated for its final goto
.
The tests in this document test against the list L.
Note that this optimization is a feature of the SixtyPical's reference compiler, not the language. So an implementation is not required to pass these tests to be considered an implementation of SixtyPical.
> Tests for functionality "Dump fallthru info for SixtyPical program"
A single routine, obviously, falls through to nothing and has nothing fall through to it.
 define main routine
 {
 }
= [
= [
= "main"
= ]
= ]
If main
does a goto foo
, then it can fall through to foo
.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 goto foo
 }
= [
= [
= "main",
= "foo"
= ]
= ]
More than one routine can fall through to a routine. We pick one of them to fall through, when selecting the order of routines.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto foo
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 goto foo
 }
= [
= [
= "main",
= "foo"
= ],
= [
= "bar"
= ]
= ]
Because main
is always serialized first (so that the entry
point of the entire program appears at the beginning of the code),
nothing ever falls through to main
.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto main
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 1
 }
= [
= [
= "main"
= ],
= [
= "foo"
= ]
= ]
There is nothing stopping two routines from tailcalling each other, but we will only be able to make one of them, at most, fall through to the other.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto bar
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto foo
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 }
= [
= [
= "main"
= ],
= [
= "foo",
= "bar"
= ]
= ]
If a routine does two tail calls (which is possible because they
can be in different branches of an if
) it cannot fall through to another
routine.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define main routine inputs z trashes a, z, n
 {
 if z {
 goto foo
 } else {
 goto bar
 }
 }
= [
= [
= "main"
= ],
= [
= "foo"
= ],
= [
= "bar"
= ]
= ]
If, however, they are the same goto, one can be optimized away.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 if z {
 ld a, 1
 goto bar
 } else {
 ld a, 2
 goto bar
 }
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 255
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 }
= [
= [
= "main"
= ],
= [
= "foo",
= "bar"
= ]
= ]
Similarly, a tail call to a vector can't be turned into a fallthru, because we don't necessarily know what actual routine the vector contains.
 vector routine trashes a, z, n
 vec

 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define main routine outputs vec trashes a, z, n
 {
 copy bar, vec
 goto vec
 }
= [
= [
= "main"
= ],
= [
= "foo"
= ],
= [
= "bar"
= ]
= ]
Our algorithm might not be strictly optimal, but it does a good job.
 define r1 routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto r2
 }

 define r2 routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto r3
 }

 define r3 routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto r4
 }

 define r4 routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define r5 routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto r6
 }

 define r6 routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 goto r3
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 goto r1
 }
= [
= [
= "main",
= "r1",
= "r2",
= "r3",
= "r4"
= ],
= [
= "r5",
= "r6"
= ]
= ]
> Tests for functionality "Compile SixtyPical program with fallthru optimization"
Basic test for actually applying this optimization when compiling SixtyPical programs.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 255
 goto foo
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 goto foo
 }
= $080D LDA #$00
= $080F RTS
= $0810 LDA #$FF
= $0812 JMP $080D
It can optimize out one of the goto
s if they are the same.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 if z {
 ld a, 1
 goto bar
 } else {
 ld a, 2
 goto bar
 }
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 255
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 }
= $080D RTS
= $080E LDA #$00
= $0810 BNE $0817
= $0812 LDA #$01
= $0814 JMP $0819
= $0817 LDA #$02
= $0819 LDA #$FF
= $081B RTS
It cannot optimize out the goto
s if they are different.
Note, this currently produces unfortunately unoptimized code,
because generating code for the "true" branch of an if
always
generates a jump out of the if
, even if the last instruction
in the "true" branch is a goto
.
 define foo routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 0
 if z {
 ld a, 1
 goto bar
 } else {
 ld a, 2
 goto main
 }
 }

 define bar routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 ld a, 255
 }

 define main routine trashes a, z, n
 {
 }
= $080D RTS
= $080E LDA #$00
= $0810 BNE $081A
= $0812 LDA #$01
= $0814 JMP $081F
= $0817 JMP $081F
= $081A LDA #$02
= $081C JMP $080D
= $081F LDA #$FF
= $0821 RTS